Top legislator attends talk on late President Ton Duc Thang hinh anh 1From left: NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, former NA Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung and NA Vice Chairman Phung Quoc Hien, at the talk (Source: VNA) 

Hanoi (VNA) – National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan on August 20 attended a talk about late President Ton Duc Thang on the occasion of his 130th birth anniversary.

Participants at the event recalled the life and revolutionary career of the late President.

Born on August 20, 1888 at Ong Ho islet, An Hoa village, now My Hoa Hung commune of Long Xuyen city, An Giang province, Ton Duc Thang joined the patriotic movement against the French colonialists since young age. During the time working abroad, he participated in workers’ movement in France, the rising of the French Navy in the Black Sea in support of the October Revolution in Russia. 

Returning to Vietnam in 1920, the late President founded the first workers’ union in Vietnam and led the worker’ movement in Sai Gon, with the Ba Son strike being the most typical example of the movement’s activities. He then joined the Vietnam Revolutionary Youth's Union and was entrusted with several key positions. He was arrested by the French colonialists in 1929 and was imposed 20 years of hard labour in prision. In Con Dao prison, he was among the founders of the first Party cell in prison.

With the success of the August Revolution, Ton Duc Thang regained his freedom and immediately joined the resistance war against the French invaders. He was assigned many important missions by the Party, and in any position, Ton Duc Thang fulfilled his duty, setting a bright example of patriotism, firm revolutionary will, loyalty and revolutionary ethics.

His great contributions to the Vietnamese revolution, the world peace movement and international friendship had won recognition in the form of many noble order and awards. He was the first person to be conferred with the Sao Vang (Golden Star) Order by the Vietnamese Party and State. He was also awarded with the Lenin Order and the Lenin Prize of the Soviet Union.-VNA