Stamps marking 50th anniversary of General Offensive and Uprising issued hinh anh 1At the event (Source: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – The Vietnam Post Corporation (VPC) issued a special set of stamps celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1968 Spring General Offensive and Uprising in Hanoi on February 8. 

Minister of Information and Communications Truong Minh Tuan signed and sealed the set.

At the ceremony, Deputy Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Minh Hong recalled Vietnamese history, saying that on early January 31, 1968 morning (the first day of the Lunar New Year), Vietnamese armed forces and people launched attacks in four out of six major cities, including Sai Gon – Gia Dinh and Hue, 37 out of 44 townships and hundreds of towns and districts in the south.

The Tet Offensive upset strategic posture on the battlefields, forcing the US to deescalate the war and paving the way for the next attacks, ultimately the Great Spring 1975 Victory that ended the American war in Vietnam, contributing to the liberation of the south and national reunification, he said.

Over the past 50 years, the event has become a symbol of the strong will and determination and aspiration for peace and independence of the entire Vietnamese nation.

The 31mm x 46 mm stamps, designed by painter Tran The Vinh, depict monuments dedicated to loyal soldiers and people in the south with doves of peace and bandanas flying in the wind.

Each costs 3,000 VND and will be sold on the VPC’s website from February 8, 2018 to December 31, 2019.-VNA