Thousands of people from across Vietnam have paid homage to the late General Vo Nguyen Giap at his final resting place in the central province of Quang Binh.

The well-wishers travelled from far and wide to pay their respects in the morning of May 7 – exactly 60 years to the day that the Giap-led armed forces sealed victory in the battle of Dien Bien Phu.

Lieutenant Colonel Phan Thanh Bong, head of the Roon Border Guard Post, said that between April 30 and May 7, over 95,000 people visited the General’s grave in the Vung Chua – Dao Yen area of the province.

The provincial Border Guards High Command has dispatched more personnel to ensure security in the area, while civil forces have been sent to guide visitors.

On the same morning, officials from the provincial People’s Committee, Military High Command and Border Guards offered incense to General Giap, who passed away in Hanoi on October, 2013. He was born in Quang Binh’s Le Thuy district on August 25, 1911.

In his long and esteemed career, General Giap served as a Politburo member, Secretary of the Central Military Commission, Standing Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of National Defence, Commander-in-Chief of the Vietnamese People’s Army and a National Assembly deputy from the first to seventh tenure.

He was the commander of the Dien Bien Phu campaign, which occurred between March and May 1954.
The victory of the campaign led to the signing of the 1954 Geneva Accord in which France agreed to withdraw its forces from its colonies in Indochina.-VNA