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Exhibition recalls Hà Nội in 1954 victory

Looking back: A visitor at the exhibition entitled Ha Noi – Unforgettable moments in October 1954. — VNS Photo Minh Thu
Viet Nam News

HA NOI — Memories of fierce battles to defend Ha Noi during the war of resistance against the French are reflected at an exhibition held yesterday at the Thang Long Royal Citadel vestige.

To celebrate the 64th anniversary of Ha Noi’s Liberation Day, the Thang Long-Ha Noi Heritage Conservation Centre opened the exhibition Ha Noi – Unforgettable moments in October 1954 to review the proud tradition of the capital army and residents.

The exhibition introduced to the public a large number of photos that depict unforgettable moments of Ha Noi.

Visitors will encounter stories of the hard conditions of the war time, the cruel battles, French colonialists withdrawing from the capital while Vietnamese troops arrived in Ha Noi through the city gates, the happiness of Ha Noi people and solemn salutes to the National Flag at the Flag Tower Stadium.

On October 10, 1954, people in Ha Noi witnessed no gunfire and fighting but the silent retreat of the French forces. Hanoians, with flags and flowers in hand, flooded the streets of the city to welcome triumphant Vietnamese soldiers.

That was the result of a nine-year resistance war against the French colonialists.

 Looking at the pictures of the victorious army returning to the capital after their success at the battle of Dien Bien Phu, historian Duong Trung Quoc felt moved.

“One of the remarkable events on October 10, 1954 was people saluting the National Flag when the army took over the capital,” said Quoc.

“The flag was considered a symbol of victory that reflected the determination of the army to firmly defend the achievement of August 1945 Revolution.”

Phung De, 84, was moved to attend the exhibition. In 1951, he was assigned to work for an art troupe serving at the Dien Bien Phu Campaign.

When De and his comrades returned to Ha Noi, he was emotional to see that people had already set up welcome gates and banners along streets. Hanoians stood cheerfully along streets waving hands and flags.

Le Ngoc Canh, 86, member of the Capital Regiment, shared the same feeling with De when he came back home in 1954.

“When I was engaged in combat, people in my family supposed that I was killed,” said Canh.

“So when I arrived Ha Dong Market where my mother sold fruits, she was surprised. Then we embraced each other and cried.”

Canh appreciated the exhibition as it recalls the glorious victory of the nation and helps people, especially younger citizens, understand more about the history. 

“The exhibition is just sufficient to send visitors information and messages,” he said.

The exhibition will run until the end of this month at Doan Mon (South Gate) of Thang Long Imperial Citadel, 9 Hoang Dieu Street, Ha Noi. — VNS


Old days: Veteran Phung De recalls the wartime at the exhibition opening.

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