The event was attended by Politburo member and Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh, Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee (CPVCC) and Head of the CPVCC’s Commission for Internal Affairs Phan Dinh Trac, Nhan Dan Editor-in-Chief and Chairman of the Vietnam Journalists’ Association Thuan Huu, and VNA General Director Nguyen Duc Loi, among others.
Hien Luong Bridge across Ben Hai River, which divided North and South Vietnam during war, is 178 m long but it took 21 years for Vietnamese people from the North and the South to be united. The bridge is the witness to the Vietnamese people's fierce but glorious struggle and a reflection of their desire for and belief in victory. Historical relic sites located on both banks of the river have been recognised as special national historical relics.
Quang Tri was one of the most devastated localities during the war by thousands of tonnes of bombs and shells. The province was also well known for the fierce 81-day-and-night battle at the ancient Quang Tri Citadel.
In his opening remarks, Secretary of the provincial Party Committee Nguyen Van Hung highlighted major achievements Quang Tri has recorded over the past years across spheres, from economy to social affairs and national defence and security.
The flag-raising ceremony was followed by a Bai Choi singing performance at the southern bank of of the Hien Luong-Ben Hai special national historical relic site, a boat race on Ben Hai River and an inaugural ceremony of the project on upgrading the southern bank of the site.
Delegates paid tribute to fallen soldiers at the National Road 9 Martyrs' Cemetery, Truong Son Martyrs' Cemetery.
On this occasion, VNA General Director Nguyen Duc Loi presented VND1.8 billion (US$77,400) to Quang Tri to build three classrooms at the kindergarten in Trieu Tai commune, Trieu Phong district.
Addressing the event, Thuan Huu, who is also deputy head of the CPVPCC’s Communication and Education Commission, said that the Geneva Agreement defined the Ben Hai River on the 17th Parallel to be the temporary military line 65 years ago and Quang Tri was an extremely fierce battlefield.
The Quang Tri people had o endure many sacrifices and hardships. Forty seven years after the Liberation Day, people in Quang Tri have promoted their resilient tradition to build a more prosperous province with remarkable achievements in economics, society, and security and defence, he noted.
The art programme featured songs and dances to honour the fighting spirit of the Vietnamese army and people and the aspiration for national unification.