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Minister of Information and Communications Truong Minh Tuan and Lieutenant General Do Can, Deputy Director of the General Department of Politics presenting the first prize to winner 
The event, held in collaboration with the Vietnam Post and Telecommunications (VNPT), the Policy Department of the General Department of Politics, and the Hanoi Radio and Television, is among practical activities in tribute to great contributions and sacrifices of national contributors in the cause of national liberation and safeguarding. It also contributed to further disseminating and educating younger generations of the tradition “When drinking water, remember its source” of the Vietnamese people.
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Major General Pham Van Huan and journalist Ha Dang presenting second prizes to winners 

According to the organizing panel, the contest went through 24 stages, after which the organizers received nearly 60,000 entries, drawing the participation of contestants from different walks of life, including those still studying at schools, colleges, universities; those working at different organizations, and even pensioners. Particularly,  multi-generations in some families joined the contest. The writings of contestants showed their deep sentiment and respect towards national contributors, those having sacrificed themselves, or losing part of their bodies for the now national independence and freedom. The articles were also full of memories about harsh moments of war that the troops and people of Vietnam once had gone through. Also, the writings highlighted the heroic nature and unyielding willpower of the Vietnamese troops and people, overcoming numerous hardships to reach the final goal of national reunification. Via the writings, the organizers also received 600 invaluable pieces of information about martyrs and places where martyrs were buried.

The organizers presented two best group prizes to the Army Officer Training School No.1 and the Academy of Journalism and Communications; one first prize to Le Thi Hong Van from Da Nang city; two second prizes to Quach Hoang Son from the Political University and Hoang Xuan Lan from Hanoi; three third prizes to Nguyen Cong Khanh from Military Region 9, Nguyen Lam Ngoc Tran from Tien Giang province, and Le Reo from Thanh Hoa province.

Major General Pham Van Huan, Editor-in-chief of the PAN and head of the contest’s organizing panel, stressed that the contest has made good influence on people of all walks of life, contributing to further disseminating the guideline and policies of the Party, policies of the State as well as the results of the gratitude work over the past time. The contest has also helped improve people’s awareness of the position, significance, and humanitarian values of the gratitude work towards national contributors.

On the basis of the noble tradition of “When drinking water, remember its source” of the Vietnamese people, right from the very early days of the national resistance war against the French imperialists, the Day for Wounded and Fallen Soldiers was already chosen. As from 1947, July 27 has been the day, which has been highly historically-, politically- and socially-important in the Vietnamese culture.

The gratitude work has since then been regularly carried out, now taking good care of nearly nine million national contributors, including Vietnamese heroic mothers, veteran revolutionaries, sick and wounded soldiers, relatives of martyrs... Every year, the State budget allocates tens of thousands of billion VND for the work, apart from other preferential policies in different areas for children of national contributors.

As a result, the gratitude work has become widespread among all people in the society. Party committees, authorities, organizations and individuals across the country have even voluntarily held practical activities, such as building gratitude houses, raising gratitude funds, etc., to take better care of national contributors. The search for and repatriation of martyrs’ remains have also been strengthened, bringing tens of thousands of martyrs’ remains to their relatives at home. Those activities have shown deep respect and gratitude of the whole people towards those sacrificing for the nation. 

Translated by Huu Duong