Vietnam will celebrate its 60 th anniversary of the Dien Bien Phu Victory on May 7, 2014 with a magnificent programme of special activities.

Vietnamese Government signed a decision on September 9 on planning activities to mark this glorious victory.

The anniversary, to be steered by a national organizing committee, will celebrate the significance and great historical value of the victory, the clear-sighted and wise leadership of the Party and President Ho Chi Minh, the great national solidarity and the strength of the Vietnam People’s Army.
The anniversary, to be held on May 7 , 2014 in Dien Bien, will include an incense offering ceremony at A1 Martyr’s cemetery in Dien Bien city’s Muong Thanh precinct, meetings and parade.

In addition, a seminar on the Dien Bien Phu victory and a special art performance to mark the 60 th anniversary will be held on this occasion. A five-episode documentary film about the victory will be shown and a special book on the battle will be published.

Meanwhile, people are being encouraged to donate objects and documents relating to the fighting at Dien Bien Phu to the province’s Victory Museum .
On December 6, 1953, in Dinh Hoa district, President Ho Chi Minh chaired a Politburo meeting approving the strategic plan to attack French colonialists during the Winter-Spring of 1954.

The attack ended with the historic Dien Bien Phu victory in May 1954, which sent shockwaves reverberating around the world and helped end the nation’s nine-year war of resistance against the French colonialists.

The name of General Vo Nguyen Giap, who was the Commander-in-Chief of the fateful campaign, is also forever attached to the historic victory.-VNA