|General Xuyen's souvenirs on display |
PANO - Senior Lieutenant-General Nguyen Trong Xuyen passed away on June 21 st ; however, his contributions will be unforgettable and his image will be in Vietnamese people’s hearts forever.
Visiting Museum of the General Department of Logistics, where is exhibiting 20 souvenirs belonging to general Xuyen, Colonel Dao Hai Trieu, the Museum’s Director, told us about General Xuyen’s first visit as the then Director of General Department of Logistics.
On January 15 th , 2009 when the museum was inaugurated, General Xuyen visited the display areas and staff’s accommodation as well as encouraged the unit.
The General said, “the logistics has a long history, so all of you should collect more and more exhibits and souvenirs to educate young people about the tradition of the service and then build up their self-consciousness in carrying out tasks, contributing to building a regular and modern logistics service”.
Lieutenant-Colonel Tran Thi Minh Thi, Deputy-Director of the Museum, still remembered their last visit to the General’s house in Hanoi to find historic souvenirs to display at the museum. At Thi’s request, the general said, “I have many souvenirs of the service. If they can be useful, I will give them to the museum”. These souvenirs helped the museum’s staff learn more about the history of the service.
According to the museum’s leaders, the souvenirs, such as a set of the ceremonial military uniform and a hammock, are meaningful and valuable exhibits to educate the tradition for the service’s staff and troops. These souvenirs had been accompanied with the general in battlefields in border in 1988, in Cambodia and in Truong Sa archipelago in April 1989. In spite of being a high-raking officer of Vietnam People’s Army, the general usually used these simple things in daily activities.
The general usually asked the service’s staff and troops about their lives, their families as well as their encountering difficulties and then gave his recommendations to the Defence Ministry.
Through General Xuyen’s exhibits displayed at the Museum several days after his death, Vietnamese younger generations will have an opportunity to learn more about the life and the career of the kind-hearted General as well as the history and the tradition of Vietnam in general, and the service in particular.
Translated by Tran Hoai