Living in Vietnam, you are often confronted with images of Uncle Ho cradling a child with images surrounding him of soldiers, nurses and teachers .
Well , today someone had brought in a large bunch of flowers into the office, to celebrate the birthday of the much venerated Hồ Chí Minh or uncle/tonton Ho.
So, Happy Birthday Uncle Ho!
From wikipedia :
Hồ Chí Minh , born Nguyễn Sinh Cung and also known as Nguyễn Ái Quốc (19 May 1890 – 3 September 1969) was aVietnamese Communist revolutionary and statesman who was prime minister (1946–1955) and president (1945–1969) of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (North Vietnam).
After helping drive the French out of Vietnam in the mid-1950s, Ho was widely expected to be elected head of a unified Vietnam; however, the United States refused to let the election happen and Ho began to support the attempts of rebel forces in South Vietnam to overthrow the American-backed government.
He lost political power inside North Vietnam in the late 1950s, but remained as the highly visible figurehead president until his death.
The former capital of South Vietnam, Saigon, after the Fall of Saigon, was renamed Hồ Chí Minh City in his honor.