A delegation of 180 overseas Vietnamese (OV) students on July 15 offered incense at the Temple of Tran Kings and attended a ceremony to commemorate martyrs in the northern province of Thai Binh.

The OV students from 25 countries and territories across the world are taking part in the Summer Camp, held annually by the State Committee for Overseas Vietnamese Affairs since 2003.

Thai Binh is a stop over during their 20-day journey from the north to the south under the theme of “Coming back to the Red Land ”. Participants in the camp, which was launched in Hanoi on July 12, will travel across the country to the final destination of Dat Do district of Ba Ria-Vung Tau province on July 30. This locality, dubbed the ‘red land,’ is the homeland of heroic martyr Vo Thi Sau, who devoted her teenage years to national independence.

Earlier on July 14 in Hanoi , the students paid tribute to President Ho Chi Minh at his Mausoleum and visited Van Mieu-Quoc Tu Giam ( Temple of Literature ), Vietnam ’s first university.

Many students said they are moved to visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum.

Nguyen Thi Bich Thuy from Laos said though this is the first time she has paid tribute to Uncle Ho at his Mausoleum, she knows a lot about him through stories and books.

Sharing the feeling, Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan from Cambodia said she learnt about Uncle Ho and his works from her grand parents, parents and teachers. There is a photo of Uncle Ho at her house and her family always offer incense to commemorate him on his birthday and the day of his death.

After visiting Van Mieu, Le Viet Tung from the Ukraine Economic University said he will try his utmost to study following the Vietnamese studying tradition. He said he wants to come back to Vietnam to work in the auditing sector after graduating.-VNA