Hanoi marks 50th anniversary of patriotic youth movement

Friday, 2014-08-08 11:00:58
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An arts performance to mark the Three Readies movement (Credit: Bao Tin Tuc)
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Nhan Dan - The Hanoi Youth Union held a ceremony on August 7 to mark the anniversary of a patriotic youth volunteer movement which began 50 years ago while the US was escalating the war into northern Vietnam.

Known as Ba San Sang, or Three Readies, the movement called on young people in the capital city to stand ready to fight, ready to join the armed forces and ready to go anywhere and do anything requested by their motherland.

In response to the Youth Union’s call, more than 20,000 young Hanoians took to the streets to condemn the US’s escalation and to register to join the Three Readies movement.

From its base in Hanoi, the movement later spread throughout the country and gave way for a number of other movements that encouraged youngsters to devote their lives to the national resistance war against the US.

The Three Readies became one of the largest revolutionary movements of young Hanoians in the 20th century with the participation of more than five million people.

During the movement, nearly 1.5 million followers lost their lives while tens of thousands of others were wounded on battlefields throughout Vietnam.

Building on the success and tradition of the Three Readies movement the Hanoi Youth Union have launched many effective campaigns aimed at developing the capital city over the past 50 years.

Speaking at the ceremony, Hanoi Party Secretary Pham Quang Nghi urged the Hanoi Youth Union to uphold their traditions and to continue to create more avant-garde movements to involve more youngsters in practical activities.

On this occasion, President Truong Tan Sang awarded the Hero of the Armed Forces title to the Hanoi Youth Union for its exceptional achievements during the American resistance war.