Army Game 2021: Vietnamese team pays tribute to President Ho Chi Minh in Russia

A delegation of the Vietnam People’s Army (VPA) competing at the 2021 Army Games in Russia paid homage to late President Ho Chi Minh at his monument in Moscow on August 10.
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On the morning of August 10, in Moscow, Russia, the Vietnam People's Army Delegation participated in the Army Games 2021, led by Major General Pham Van Thai, Deputy Director of the Department of Military Training under the VPA’s General Staff to offer flowers at the statue of President Ho Chi Minh.

The Vietnamese soldiers vowed to spare no efforts to show their best performances and promote the image of Vietnam and its people to international friends.

At the monument, the soldiers also performed three pieces of music highlighting the sentiments to President Ho Chi Minh and the Vietnam-Russia solidarity and friendship, reported the VNA.

Members of the delegation paid tribute in memory of President Ho Chi Minh, who laid the foundation for the traditional friendship between Vietnam and Russia; placed fresh flowers in front of the President Ho Chi Minh monument, expressing gratitude and respect to the President, a great friend of the Russian people.

The Vietnam People's Army delegation offers flowers at the monument of President Ho Chi Minh in Moscow Major General Pham Van Thai and the delegation offered flowers.
The Vietnam People's Army delegation offered flowers at the monument of President Ho Chi Minh in Moscow. Photo: qdnd
The delegation pay tribute to President Ho Chi Minh at his monument in Moscow on August 10. (Photo: NDO
The delegation pay tribute to President Ho Chi Minh at his monument in Moscow on August 10. (Photo: NDO)

The country’s tank team won the gold medal and a trophy of Group 2 in the Tank Biathlon event last year. With the accomplishment, it will compete in Group 1 of the event this year, alongside Russia, China and others, said head of the tank crew Col. Phan Hai Long.

The 2021 International Army Games will kick off on August 22 across 12 host countries and territories. A total of 277 teams from more than 40 countries and territories are expected to compete in 36 categories this year.

This is the fourth time Vietnam has participated in the competition. It also marks the first time the country has hosted sniper and rescue events of the Games.

In front of the statue of President Ho Chi Minh, the delegation promised solidarity, initiative, creativity, strict compliance with regulations, overcoming all difficulties, completing assigned tasks to compete with the friendship spirit, try to get the highest achievements, contribute to the glorious tradition of the heroic Vietnamese People's Army; at the same time promoting the image of the country and people of Vietnam in integration with international friends.

After the flower offering ceremony, at the foot of Uncle Ho's monument, athletes participating in the Cuture Army Competition sang "Praise to President Ho" and performed the works "Together with you on the long road", " Nomadic love songs” and “Kachiusa” by T'rung and bamboo flute.

Athletes participating in the Culture Army competition perform at the foot of the monument.
Athletes participating in the Culture Army Competition performed at the foot of the monument. Photo: qdnd

The Vietnam People’s Navy has also sent a fleet comprising frigates 015-Tran Hung Dao and 016-Quang Trung to take part in the Sea Cup event for the first time.

All of the team members have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and test negative with the virus.

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