HANOI - President Truong Tan Sang yesterday attended the celebration of the 1,975th anniversary of the Trung sisters' Uprising at Hai Ba Trung Temple, a national relic site in Ha Noi's Me Linh District.
Addressing the event, Sang affirmed that over the past almost two millenniums, Vietnamese women have kept the Trung sisters' patriotic, indomitable spirits alive in past struggles for national liberation and during today's nation-building.
According to historical records, Trung Trac and her younger sister Trung Nhi, who were born in Giao Chi Province in what is now northern Viet Nam, led their troops on the back of elephants and succeeded in driving Chinese invaders away for three years.
The victory brought independence to Dai Viet - an old name for Viet Nam used between 1053 and 1400, and again from 1428 to 1804 - after more than two centuries under Chinese rule.
Sang said that though the uprising only brought the country independence for three years, it played an important role in the nation's history. It's an example of the patriotic spirit of Vietnamese people, especially women.
Every year the heroines' victory is celebrated at Hai Ba Trung Temple.
Also yesterday, the President launched 2015's tree-planting festival at Hung King Temple in the northern province of Phu Tho.
He said that the festival, which had become a tradition, contributed greatly to the effort to protect forests, thus preserving the environment for national socio-economic development.