PANO – I walked back and forth through graves in Truong Son Martyrs’ Cemetery. Streams of people moved slowly, whispering or buzzing amid burnt incenses. Some went to me to tap me on the shoulder, and some called each other’s names in low voice. Those who came to this place seemed to become close friends. The pilgrimage season in July was very crowded. From Lang Son, Hanoi, Quang Ninh, Quang Binh, from Quang Ngai, HCM City and An Giang, they all joined the gratitude sports cycling tournament, “To Truong Son-2012”, the People’s Army Newspaper’s Cup. The season of pilgrimage was also the season of reunion. Truong Son Martyrs’ Cemetery is now full of green trees which give some welcome shade from the sun and cold winds to graves and those who pay homage to martyrs. The bodhi tree, planted by Ho Chi Minh Road Management Board ten years ago, is covering the Memorial. Making the decision to build this Cemetery on February 24th, 1975 when the nation was fiercely fighting against foreign invaders, leaders of the Command of Truong Son Troops seemed to think of today’s peaceful get-togethers. As days and months go by, eternal gratitude to the elder generation’s…
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