Thousands bid farewell to Vietnamese war hero
Members of a Vietnamese honor guard carry a picture of the late Gen. Vo Nguyen Giap head of his coffin during his funeral at the National Funeral House in Hanoi, Vietnam Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013. Hundreds of thousands of people lined the 40-kilometer (25-mile) route from the capital to the airport Sunday morning to bid their last farewell to the legendary war hero who led the Vietnamese to victory over the French and then the Americans. Giap, who died on Oct. 4 at age 102, was revered in Vietnam only second to his mentor, former President Ho Chi Minh. (AP Photo/Na Son Nguyen)
Posted: Saturday, October 12, 2013 12:00 am
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) - Hundreds of thousands of people flooded the streets of Vietnam's capital on Sunday to bid a final farewell to the legendary war hero who led the poor Southeast Asian nation to victory over the French and then the Americans.
"Long live Gen. Vo Nguyen Giap," people chanted, many in tears, as his flag-draped coffin passed by on a truck-drawn artillery carriage. The procession traveled along a 40-kilometer (25-mile) route from the national funeral house in downtown Hanoi to the airport. Crowds of people, both young and old, lined the route, in places 10 deep.
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Saturday, October 12, 2013 12:00 am.