President attends Quang Tri’s flag-raising ceremony marking Reunification Day

President Nguyen Xuan Phuc and many military and government officials attended a flag-hoisting ceremony held by the central province of Quang Tri at the local Hien Luong – Ben Hai special national monument on April 30 to mark the 46th anniversary of the Liberation of the South and National Reunification Day.

President Nguyen Xuan Phuc attends the flag-hoisting ceremony (Photo: NDO)
President Nguyen Xuan Phuc attends the flag-hoisting ceremony (Photo: NDO)

The event also drew the participation of heroic mothers, war veterans, locals, and tourists.

After the ceremony, a military parade and a boat race on Ben Hai River took place, among other activities.

Quang Tri was one of the most heavily bombed areas during the anti-US resistance war. It was also renowned for the fierce 81-day-and-night battle at the ancient Quang Tri Citadel.

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At the flag-raising ceremony

The local Hien Luong Bridge crosses Ben Hai River, which divided the North and the South of Vietnam after the signing of the Geneva Accords in 1954. Though the river is just over 100m wide, it took 21 years for Vietnamese on the two banks to be united. The river and the bridge witnessed the Vietnamese people's fierce but glorious struggle against foreign invaders, reflecting their desire for and belief in victory and peace.

Also on April 30, President Phuc attended a ceremony to kick off the 481ha Quang Tri Industrial Park project. Located in Dien Sanh township and the communes of Hai Lam and Hai Truong, the project costs more than 2.07 trillion VND (90.14 million USD) and is set to operate for 50 years.