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Vietnam saw various tributes to Ho Chi Minh on the 127th anniversary of his birth. Photo: Prensa Latina

Hanoi.- The best homage of the Vietnamese people to Ho Chi Minh is to have amply fulfilled his dream of building a nation ten times more beautiful, after the destruction unleashed on the country by the U.S. Army.

Today, 127 years since the Vietnamese leader’s birth, his nation is characterized by rapid economic growth and a great capacity for transformation, which put it in an advantageous position in the face of 21st century challenges.

Born May 19, 1890, in the commune of Kim Lien, Nam Dan district, in the central province of Nghe An, President Ho Chi Minh led the struggle for national independence, finally achieved in 1945.

At the time, Vietnam had been under French colonial rule for 30 years. From a young age, Minh became aware of the change he desired for the future of his homeland – independence and freedom.

Under his leadership, Vietnam faced the world’s most advanced warfare technology, in the hands of the United States, and emerged victorious. His strategy and political legacy are recognized throughout the world.

The path taken by the country, since the implementation of the Doi Moi (Renewal) Policy from 1986, has seen more than 20 million people lifted out of poverty in less than two decades, while primary school attendance has risen to almost 100%, and life expectancy up to 70 years.

Over the same period, the country multiplied its GDP per capita five-fold, and diversified its export base. However, its vision for the future is much more ambitious as Vietnam’s main goal is to become an industrialized nation before 2035.

Vietnamese cities have seen widespread prosperity. Photo: Prensa Latina

According to authorities, the Vietnamese are proud to have fulfilled the desire of their greatest leader and guide, and now intend to build a country 50 or 100 times more beautiful and prosperous.

According to Prensa Latina reports, Vietnam’s most senior authorities recently paid tribute to the revolutionary leader Ho Chi Minh, known as the father of the nation’s independence. The ceremony was headed by the General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam, Nguyen Phu Trong; Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc; National Assembly President Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan; and President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front, Nguyen Thien Nhan.

On the anniversary of Minh’s birth, celebrated throughout the country with multiple activities, the government of the city that bears his name launched the 2017 tree planting campaign, a tradition initiated by Uncle Ho in 1960, which today offers an opportunity to recognize his contribution to promoting awareness regarding environmental protection.