Post date: 30/09/2014

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Hometown of deep sentimental attachment

Giap first saw the light of day in the flood season "in July - fish are able to jump onto the river bank" in 1911 in An Xa Village, among the Kien Giang river, in Le Thuy District. This district, a poor area, yet was famous for its patriotic and revolutionary traditions.

Giap's childhood was associated with tough years. His family was poor and had to borrow money with high interest to live. Once when the little Giap followed his mother to row a "nôốc" (boat) to carry the "ló" (unhusked rice) to clear the family's debt, he had to sit in the sun on the "nôốc" to wait for his mother while she had to run to and to around the wharf carrying the "ló" on her head.

When he was young, his mother told him about General Ton That Thuyet assisting King Ham Nghi to deliver the Can Vuong royal proclamation calling out to the feudal intellectuals and the people to stand up against the French to protect the country. Similarly, his father told him about the Movement against the French via the folksong "that thu kinh do" (Fall of the capital). These touching stories left deep unforgettable impressions on Giap. Wasn't it that these impressions contribute to forge General Giap's strong will in his future revolutionary career?

Yes, it was because it was indeed his hometown with deep sentimental attachments where there were his grandparents, parents forever resting in peace.

General Vo Nguyen Giap visiting the Quang Binh Quan (Gate), a heritage of Dong Hoi Citadel.

The people of Quang Binh welcoming General Vo Nguyen Giap to his hometown, November 2004

The children of Quang Binh welcoming General Vo Nguyen Giap to his hometown

Burning incense to his ancestor's altar

General Vo Nguyen Giap with his relatives and neighours.

Traveling by boat along the Kien Giang River,
General Vo Nguyen Giap recalling the time when he followed his mother carrying unhusked rice by boat to clear the family's debt.

General and his wife

General Vo Nguyen Giap with the young generation 

Source: "Commnader-in-chief General Vo Nguyen Giap" Book