No 3, Vol.5, April – May 2015

The Memorial of the Heroic Vietnamese Mother in Quang Nam Province

Cam Hill of Tam Phu Commune, Tam Ky town, Quang Nam Province, has a Memorial of the Heroic Vietnamese Mother, the biggest of the country, a token of gratitude to the infinite sacrifices of Vietnamese mothers during the wars for independence and unification of the Father Land.
Finished on 24 March, 2015 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of liberation of Quang Nam Province, the Memorial was classified by the Prime Minister as a national cultural monument.
The Memorial was built in the image of Vietnam heroic mother Nguyen Thi Thu of Dien Thang Commune, Dien Ban District, Quang Nam Province. She lost nine sons, one son-in-law and one grandson in the wars against the French and the Americans.
The construction began in July 2009 with a VND411 billions investment, following a deeply nationalistic design sketched by artist Dinh Gia Thang. It took the architects, engineers, artists and workers six years to finish it.
The 18.5m tall bow-shaped granite statue is 101m long and symbolizes a mother’s protective embrace. At the front, 30 stone candles represent the 30 years she waited for the day of liberation, when her children would come back to her. Leading to the monument are eight sandstone pillars with reliefs depicting heroic Vietnamese mothers from all over the country.
There is also a pond and a stone garden with carved poems. Behind the monument is one half of a museum housing steles that show pictures and tell life stories of nearly 50,000 Vietnam heroic mothers and their contributions to the country. Inside the granite monument is the other half that has a reception and exhibition room, plus an archive area. On the two sides of the monument are two flower carpets with decorations characteristic of the 54 ethnicities of the country.n

A poem carved on the stone at the Memorial

Text and photos by Nguyen Van Gia Phuc