A ceremony to mark the 63rd anniversary of the National Resistance Day was held on December 19 at Ben Duoc Martyr Commemoration Temple, Cu Chi District in Ho Chi Minh City.
Delegates burn incense to commemorate heroic martyrs at the Ben Duoc Temple, Cu Chi District, HCMC on December 19. (Photo: SGGP)
The event also commemorated the 49th anniversary of the National Front for the Liberation of South Vietnam.
Attending the ceremony were Former Prime Minister Phan Van Khai, Secretary of the city Party Committee Le Thanh Hai, Permanent Deputy Secretary of the city Party Committee Nguyen Van Dua, Chairman of the city Fatherland Front Committee Duong Quan Ha, and Deputy Chairman of the city People’s Committee Nguyen Thanh Tai.
Speaking at the event, Mr. Ha said the patriotic spirit brought about by the resistance war led by President Ho Chi Minh in 1946, is still alive and well today. “We would rather endure and sacrifice than lose independence and be slaves,” he quoted the former President as saying.
After the ceremony, participants commemorated heroic martyrs by burning incense at the temple.
Also on the occasion, three miniature models including Dragon House Wharf, Hai Van Pass tunnel, One-pillar Pagoda model, Hue noon time gate and a wood treasure forest were unveiled representing the north, south and central regions of the country.
The city’s Military Headquarters, meanwhile, observed the 65th anniversary of the establishment of Vietnam People’s Army Day (December 22).
Speaking at the ceremony, Major General Tran Van Hung, Political Commissar of the city’s Military Headquarters, recalled the glorious building and development of the Vietnamese army over the decades.
Music performances, poetry and art activities were also held in honor of the army’s establishment.
The statue of President Ho Chi Minh, the largest in the Central Highlands, was inaugurated in Gia Lai Province on December 19. (Photo: SGGP)
Representatives of the city Party Committee, the city People’s Committee, the city People’s Council and the city Fatherland Front Committee led by Nguyen Van Dua, Permanent Deputy Secretary of the city Party Committee, visited and offered gifts to the High Command of Navy, the Air Division 370 and 367.
Sai Gon Giai Phong’s Veteran Association also held a ceremony to hand over a 24-square-meter house to Nguyen Kim Hung, a veteran working at SGGP Printing Co.Ltd.
In related news, the Navy High Command’s Army corps No.15 held an event to inaugurate a statue of Present Ho Chi Minh in the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai on December 19.
The bronze statue, standing 7.7 meters high, is the largest in the Central Highlands. It was built over a period of two months and is worth a total of VND10 billion.
The project aimed to mark 40 years of implementing Ho Chi Minh’s ideals, the 65th anniversary of the establishment of the Vietnam People’s Army, and the 20th anniversary of National Defense Day.