Vietnam War correspondents return to reminisce

By Phuc Duy, Thanh Nien News

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More than 20 former war correspondents attend a meeting with representatives of the Ho Chi Minh City War Veterans Association on April 26, 2015. Photo: Phuc Duy

More than 20 foreign correspondents who had covered the Vietnam War that ended four decades ago arrived in Ho Chi Minh City Sunday for an event organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to mark the 40th anniversary.
“International Journalism Week” will be celebrated until April 30 and feature various activities.
On Sunday the journalists held a meeting with HCMC war veterans where they talked about war stories.
Lieutenant General Tran Thanh Huyen, deputy chairman of the HCMC War Veterans Association, briefed the journalists about the historic victory on April 30, 1975, that reunited the country and ended the War.
He praised the former correspondents for their bravery in revealing the truth about the Vietnam War.
Don North, an American reporter, said he was glad that the Vietnamese foreign ministry had organized this event since it gave war veterans and former journalists a chance to share their memories of the Vietnam War.
“I think Vietnam, a foe in the past, is now a friend of America.”
Peter Arnett, who was awarded the 1966 Pulitzer Prize for international reporting for his work in Vietnam, where he worked for most of the time between 1962 and 1975 as an AP reporter, said he had learned the lesson about the truth when he came to Vietnam.

A War Remnants Museum official pins a badge on English photographer Tim Page. Photo: Phuc Duy

Arnett was among those who attended the first parade to celebrate the April 30, 1975, victory.
He said he was deeply moved during his visit this time.
After the meeting, the journalists and war veterans visited the Independence Palace and the War Remnants Museum.
Tim Page, a British photographer who was injured four times during the war, could not hold back his tears when he entered a photo exhibition section at the museum that had pictures of the battlefield shot by his fallen colleagues.
It was Page who had collected the photos for display at the museum.

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