Thousands bid farewell to Vietnamese war hero
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) - Hundreds of thousands of people lined the 40-kilometre route from the capital to the airport on Sunday morning to bid their last farewell to a legendary war hero who led the Vietnamese to victory over the French and then the Americans.
"Long live Gen. Vo Nguyen Giap," people chanted and many burst into tears as his flag-draped coffin passed by on a truck-drawn artillery carriage.
Giap, who died on Oct 4 at age 102, was revered in Vietnam only second to his mentor, former President Ho Chi Minh.
In a eulogy, Communist Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong said Giap's great contribution will be "forever imprinted in the nation's history."