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Exhibition recalls memories of historic Ho Chi Minh Trail

The construction of the Ho Chi Minh Trail over the Truong Son Mountain Range and its important role in the resistance war are being reflected at an exhibition which opened in Hanoi on April 3.

Memories of Truong Son feature hundreds of photos, documentaries and war memorabilia.

On display includes precious photos capturing the construction of the trail, the life of soldiers and volunteers serving on the Truong Son Trail and battlefields.

Through the exhibition, visitors can understand the cruel war, the hardships that Vietnamese soldiers and how people overcame them to protect the country.

Following the 15th Congress Resolution of the Central Committee of the Communist Party, the Politburo and President Ho Chi Minh and the Central Military Commission, Group 559 was set up in 1959 to build a strategic supply route named Truong Son – Ho Chi Minh Trail for the South of Vietnam Revolution and Laos and Cambodia.

From 1959-1975, Vietnamese soldiers together with workers and volunteers from Indochinese countries built a route through 21 provinces covering 20,000km of roads, 600km of waterways, 1,400km of petroleum pipelines and a 1,500km three-side information line.

The exhibition is being held at the Ho Chi Minh Trail Museum to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the historical Truong Son Trail, which is also known as the Ho Chi Minh Trail (1959-2019).

“During the American War, the Ho Chi Minh Trail played an important part in the Vietnamese revolution,” said Lieutenant Colonel Nguen Van Ngoc, director of the museum.

“Although the war is over and the soldiers’ footprints have faded away, the trail is part of our national history as a symbol of the bravery, creativity and sacrifice of the Vietnamese people and soldiers.”

The exhibition will run until May 31.