Grand ceremony celebrates 40th anniversary of Liberation of the South and National Reunification

Thursday, 2015-04-30 17:07:32
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Party and State leaders at the meeting.
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NDO - A grand meeting and parade was held in Ho Chi Minh City on the morning of April 30 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Liberation of the South and National Reunification.


The meeting was attended by Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong; former Party General Secretaries Do Muoi, Le Kha Phieu, and Nong Duc Manh; Politburo member and President Truong Tan Sang; former Politburo members and Presidents Le Duc Anh, Tran Duc Luong, and Nguyen Minh Triet; Politburo member and Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung; former Politburo member and Prime Minister Phan Van Khai; Politburo member and National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung; former Politburo member and NA Chairman Nguyen Van An; Politburo member and President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan; and Politburo member and Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee Le Thanh Hai.

Lao Vice State President Bounnhang Volachit, who is also Politburo member and permanent member of the Secretariat of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party Central Committee; Cambodia Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the National Assembly-Senate Relations and Inspection, Men Sam An; and Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba (CPC) and Head of the CPC’s External Relations Commission Jose Ramon Balaguer Cabrera were among the international representatives at the meeting.

Representatives of war veterans, heroic Vietnamese mothers, representatives of overseas Vietnamese communities, local and foreign press, and local residents were also in attendance.

Speaking at the meeting, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung emphasised that the 1975 Spring Victory marked a new chapter in Vietnam's history of national construction and defense.

Vietnam accomplished a historic mission by liberating the South and reunifying the nation, bringing Vietnam into a new era − the era of independence and reunification, building socialist Vietnam into a strong nation and a prosperous democratic, just and civilised society, he said.

PM Dung noted that this victory stemmed from patriotism, the aspiration for peace, independence, freedom, and national reunification as well as Vietnam’s military under the leadership of the Communist Party of Vietnam and international support and solidarity.

In the spirit of the 1975 Spring Victory, the Party, army and people of Vietnam will forever always keep in their hearts and minds the gratitude to former outstanding leaders of the party and country, heroic martyrs, comrades and compatriots who sacrificed and dedicated their whole lives to the struggle for national independence, freedom and reunification, the government leader added.

Following the PM’s speech, Lieutenant General Nguyen Van Thai, former Deputy Political Commissar of the Division 7, under Military Corps 4 who participated in Ho Chi Minh Campaign in 1975, represented the Vietnamese war veterans and delivered his speech at the meeting. Nguyen Dao Phuong Thuy, fourth year student from Ho Chi Minh City University of Law also expressed the aspiration of the younger Vietnamese generations today.

The meeting was followed by a parade involving the people’s armed forces and masses representing workers, farmers, intellectuals, entrepreneurs and social organisations including the Vietnam Fatherland Front, the War Veterans’ Association, the Vietnam Women’s Union, and the Youth Union.


An art performance by children.

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung delivers a speech at the meeting.

The Emblem in the procession.

The parade of the infantry.

The parade of the reconnaissance task force.