On behalf of the Central Military Commission and the Ministry of National Defense, General Giang held that on November 28, 1959, with a strategic vision, President Ho Chi Minh wrote an article on the Nhan Dan Newspaper themed “Tree Planting on Tet.” In response to the president’s appeal, since then, together with the Party, people and political system, the military has been annually implementing tree planting activities and forest protection. It has become a tradition of the whole military, bringing practical meanings.

Vice Chairman of the N.A. Tran Thanh Man speaks at the ceremony.

Implementing Prime Minister’s Directive No.45/CT-TTg, issued on December 31, 2020, in response to the tree planting festival and forest protection for a green Vietnam, since 2021, units in the whole military have actively planted more than 19 million trees, reaching all set targets.

General Giang delivers a speech at the event.

According to General Giang, in the coming years, due to the influence of climate change, environmental pollution, natural disasters, pandemics, and non-traditional security challenges facing the world and Vietnam, affecting socio-economic development and the defense and security work, tree and forest planting as well as environmental protection are always the most effective solution. Therefore, the defense minister requested units in the whole military to continue to grasp all directives and orders of higher levels on tree planting, disseminate information to raise troops’ awareness of tree and forest planting as well as forest protection, contributing to reducing bad effects of climate change and raising the people’s living standard.

Delegates at the ceremony

In addition, military units should closely work with local authorities where they are stationed so as to carry out tree and forest planting, forest fire prevention, mobilize local people to plant and protect trees and environment in the area. They were also asked to manage the quality of trees, including forestry trees and fruit trees, among others.

An overview of the event

The defense minister hoped that tree planting movement in the whole military would gain good outcomes, contributing to the success of the program to plant one billion trees “For a Green Vietnam” launched by Prime Minister, and the socio-economic development and defense and security enhancement.

Delegates plant trees in the area.

Speaking at the launching ceremony, Vice Permanent Chairman of the National Assembly Tran Thanh Man affirmed that after three years of implementing a project to plant one billion trees according to the Prime Minister’s decision, the whole country has planted nearly 779 million trees, including the activeness of military units via practical activities.

Right after the launching ceremony, N.A. Vice Chairman Tran Thanh Man and defense leaders, together with delegates during the event, planted trees in the area.

On the same day, N.A. Vice Chairman Tran Thanh Man, General Giang, Chief of the General Department of Political Affairs General Luong Cuong, and other delegates visited and extended Tet greetings to workers of Corps 11 and 12 who are in charge of building the Vietnam Military History Museum.

Earlier, leaders of Corps 11 briefed the delegation on the progress of the construction of the museum.

Translated by Minh Anh