The exhibition which divided into two parts introduces 200 documents with accompanying sketches, written in the resistance wars against the Americans and French.
“These documents will help people comprehend the depth of emotion, optimism, belief, and determination of the soldiers who overcame the hardships and sacrifices necessary for national independence,” said Director of Vietnam Military History Museum Nguyen Xuan Nang.
These letters were a means for the soldiers on the battlefield to exchange information and express emotion to their families and loved ones back home.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Deputy Director of the Vietnam Military History Museum underscored that the exhibition shows the tribute and honor of Vietnamese people to the sacrifice of many bravery soldiers during the process of national liberation.
Among the objects, the diary of war martyr Nguyen Van Nam (1952-72) is showcased to the public for the first time. US Secretary of Defence Ashton Carter handed the diary to the then-Minister of Defence Phung Quang Thanh in 2015.
Carter said the belongings of Nam had been lost for 43 years in the US. He said the US military had hoped the personal effects would be returned to the dead soldier’s family, to soothe the hurt of the past. In this way, two peoples can look forward to a brighter future, he said.
The exhibition will last until May 15 at the Vietnam Military History Museum, at 28A Dien Bien Phu street, Hanoi.
By Linh Bui