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Celebrating a letter from former General Secretary Le Kha Phieu to the People’s Army Newspaper

In April 2019, the People’s Army Newspaper (Peoples Army) organized the bicycle race “Back to Dien Bien Phu-2019, People’s Army Newspaper Cup” on the occasion of the 65th anniversary of the Dien Bien Phu Victory.
This is a motor race with profound socio-political significance that when in his life, General Vo Nguyen Giap met, exchanged and directed the Editorial Board of People’s Committee and the racing team.
At that time, to encourage and encourage the racing team, the People’s Committee Editorial Board directed the People’s Committee to require a letter, advice and direction from former General Secretary Le Kha Phieu. After the previous meeting and exchange between the leaders of the People’s Army Newspaper and the assistant and assistants of former General Secretary Le Kha Phieu, I am honored to receive a letter from the former General Secretary Le Kha Phieu. at his own home.
Through a number of times meeting, interviewing and working with him, I noticed a bold imprint in the former General Secretary’s working style that was his simplicity and closeness to his subordinates. In particular, he always listens to and attentively teaches young people like us. Before one incident, one problem, he always thought calmly, to the press, he corrected every sentence, word for word, but with a short letter for racing from the People’s Army newspaper, he nodded. expressed satisfaction to several times. When he signed pen, I realized that even though he was nearly 90 years old, he still did not have to wear glasses, his eyes were still clear and extremely warm.


Giving the letter to us, former General Secretary Le Kha Phieu told us: The People’s Army newspaper to organize regular bicycle races on historic places such as Dien Bien Phu, Quang Tri … is very good. Now that the country is more developed, there are conditions for cultural and sport development, but comrades who are journalists, do not forget culture is not separated from politics. Although it is a bicycle race, it is actually a march to the roots, to the people. That is also the new way of advocacy in peacetime. Going back to the people just helping the people, giving gratitude to the policy family is not enough, but there must be many good words, doing so many good works to be Uncle Ho’s soldiers. To look at that, people understand more and love the Party, the State and the military.
We ask for the permission of the former General Secretary to leave. When I shake hands, he graciously says: “If you are young, do not hesitate to go a lot, but especially to remote areas. I feel so small and needy, I will have desires to help the people, the army, the country. Still healthy, I often go to visit my relatives, back to the old battlefield to visit my comrades Now, I regret my old age, my health is weak, I cannot walk much, so I call, write to ask questions and encourage them … “.

Former General Secretary Le Kha Phieu on his 88th birthday. (The author stands at the left end).
He stood up to see us off, but he found it difficult to walk. We stopped and invited him to his room to rest. But when we reached the gate, looking back, we saw him standing on the porch and waving to us …
A few days later, participating in the news about the bicycle race “Back to Dien Bien Phu-2019, the People’s Army Newspaper Cup”, every local person could see people pouring out on both sides of the road waiting and cheering. In particular, every time the delegation stopped, awarded awards and carried out activities to repay gratitude, the letter of former General Secretary Le Kha Phieu was read. The people of the people heard the letter, everyone was touched.
Major General Pham Van Huan, Former Editor-in-Chief of the People’s Army Newspaper, Chairman of Vietnam Bicycle-Motor Sports Federation, Deputy Head of the Bicycle Race Organizing Committee “Back to Dien Bien Phu-2019, Military Newspaper Cup People’s team ”expressed:“ The organizers and athletes were very touched when they received a letter from former General Secretary Le Kha Phieu. Comrade’s letter was sent in a very timely manner, provoking the excitement, determination to overcome all difficulties in successfully implementing his good wishes in each athlete and members of the Team. organization participating in the race ”.
Particularly for me, the memory of the letter from former General Secretary Le Kha Phieu is one of the very special memories when I was in contact with a senior leader of the country, a great personality with The profound instructions that I keep in mind forever, help me to be more mature in my thoughts and actions …

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