Funeral services, attended by 250,000 mourners, are held for Ho Chi Minh in Hanoi’s Ba Dinh Square. Among those in attendance have already been Soviet Premier Aleksei Kosygin, Chinese Vice-Premier Li Hsien-nien and Prince Norodom Sihanouk of Cambodia. Ho had established the Indochinese Communist Party in 1929. In September 1945, because the defeated Japanese ready to leave Vietnam, Ho declared Vietnamese independence from French colonial rule and announced the forming of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam. The French, wanting to reimpose colonial rule, soon clashed with Ho and his Viet Minh forces.
After a bloody nine-year war, the French have been ultimately driven from the united states once they suffered a humiliating defeat by the Viet Minh at the Battle of Dien Bien Phu in May 1954. The Geneva Accords subsequently divided Vietnam into two countries. Ho then led a battle to reunite Vietnam under communist rule. When the United States intervened militarily, Ho directed his forces in a protracted war contrary to the Americans and the Saigon regime. He served because the spiritual leader of the North Vietnamese women and men, exhorting them to keep the struggle till the Americans have been defeated and Vietnam was reunited as 1 nation. His death led to a significant emotional outpouring and his successors employed the life span and teachings of “Uncle Ho” to motivate individuals to keep the fight. Today, he could be enshrined in central Hanoi in a public mausoleum that attracts a large number of visitors every year.