After the success of the resistance war against the French colonialists with the Dien Bien Phu Victory as a highlight, in autumn 1954 Uncle Ho, together with the Party Central Committee and other organizations, left Viet Bac to take over the capital city. On September 19, 1954, directly assigning tasks to Tien Phong Division (present Division 308 of Army Corps 12), President Ho Chi Minh said, “The Hung Kings established the country, we must together safeguard it.” His teaching held educational significance, emphasized the patriotic tradition, national pride, and great unity spirit, and honored the forefathers in national construction, as well as confirmed the truth that “national construction is closely linked to national defense,” an inevitable law of existence and development of Vietnam's history.

Delegates cut the ribbon to inaugurate the relief.

The President’s teaching has become the spiritual strength, reason for life, and the sacred responsibility of every Vietnamese to fight for the nation’s independence, unity, peace, and territorial integrity and to contribute to the current and future national construction and defense cause.

In 2001, the Ministry of National Defense built a stone relief, 11.71m wide, 7,58m high, featuring the talk between Uncle Ho and Tien Phong Division’s troops in front to the Gieng Temple.

In order to promote the Hung Kings’ Temple’s historical values, the Central Military Commission, the Ministry of National Defense decided to upgrade the relief. The new relief, made of copper, 28.16m in length and 9.2m in height, was completed after nine months and inaugurated on the occasion of the upcoming Hung Kings’ Death Anniversary - Hung Kings’ Temple Festival 2024. The stone one was preserved at the Museum of Military Region 2.

Addressing the event, Defense Minister General Phan Van Giang underlined the political, historical and humane meaning of this cultural structure. He said that it is a symbol of faith, love and respect of the military, Party Organization, authorities and people of Phu Tho province and people of the whole country for President Ho Chi Minh.

He hoped that the relief would be preserved and promoted effectively and practically, contributing to the education on patriotism, national pride, and revolutionary traditions of the Party, President Ho Chi Minh’s thought and great example, as well as the great national unity and glorious traditions of a heroic military, and a heroic nation.

Deputy Secretary of the Party Committee and Chairman of the People’s Committee of Phu Tho province Bui Van Quang promised to manage, keep, and promote the efficiency of the relief.

Translated by Mai Huong