Nation celebrates August Revolution, National Day

The Party and the people are determined to continue following the glorious revolutionary way chosen by Ho Chi Minh, our Party and our nation, to build and protect the country successfully and contribute to the world’s people’s struggle for peace, independence, democracy and social progress, said Party General Secretary Nong Duc Manh.

Party General Secretary Nong Duc Manh speaks at the grand meeting in Hanoi on September 1 to mark the 64th anniversary of the August Revolution, National Day and the 40th years of implementation of President Ho Chi Minh’s testament (Photo: SGGP)

He was speaking at a solemn meeting held September 1 in Hanoi to mark the 64th anniversary of August Revolution and National Day, and the 40th year of implementation of Ho Chi Minh’s testament.

Present at the event were former General Secretaries Do Muoi and Le Kha Phieu, former President Tran Duc Luong,  Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Phu Trong and his predecessor Nguyen An, many other high-ranking officials of the Party and Government, and a number of “heroic mothers.”

In his speech, General Secretary Manh said the August Revolution and the establishment of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam are of great significance in the nation’s history, since they opened a new era for the nation – the era of national independence bound up with socialism.

“National independence is a foundation to build socialism, and only with socialism can we consolidate and develop the outcome of that independence, making our country prosperous and our people wealthy and happy. Our revolutionary career is of the people, by the people and for the people,” he said.

We will continue to strengthen unity within the Party, among the people and with the international community. The Party’s leadership is the leading factor to ensure every success for the country, he said.

About the role of Ho Chi Minh in the nation’s history, Mr. Manh said the late President's historical decisions had helped create important turning-points for the Vietnamese revolution. Along with Marxism and Leninism, the thoughts of Ho Chi Minh are the Party and people’s great spiritual asset that had shed a light on the country’s way to success.

After 40 years of implementation of Ho Chi Minh’s testament, the country has experienced great, comprehensive changes: the political system and national unity has been strengthened; the economy has grown rapidly; industrialization and modernization have been stepped up; defense and security have been maintained and the country’s position in the world has been improved, he said.

A dance performance at the ceremony marking the August Revolution, National Day and the 40th years of implementation of President Ho Chi Minh’s testament. (Photo: SGGP)

He called on the Party, the army and the people to study and follow Ho Chi Minh’s moral example and unite in building and developing the country to make it into a developed industrial one that can walk abreast with advanced countries.

On behalf of the capital’s young people, Hanoi Communist Youth Union secretary Ngo Duy Hieu promised that they would take the lead in every movement initiated by the Party and State to contribute to the course of renovation of the country.

In memory of President Ho Chi Minh, a delegation of the Party, State, National Assembly, Government and Fatherland Front visited and laid a wreath at the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum the same day. They also gave incense to his altar at the stilt-house where he lived and worked.

The delegation later laid a wreath at the Martyr’s Memorial on Bac Son Street in commemoration of national heroes.

City determined to implement the late leader’s testament

Yesterday also saw a meeting for the same purpose held in Ho Chi Minh City, attended by President Nguyen Minh Triet, former Prime Minister Phan Van Khai, and several officials of the city, including Party Committee secretary Le Thanh Hai, People’s Committee chairman Le Hoang Quan, People’s Council chairwoman Pham Phuong Thao, and Fatherland Front chairman Duong Quan Ha.

Also present at the event was a Laos delegation led by Standing Deputy Prime Minister Somsavat Lengsavad.

President Nguyen Minh Triet (R, second) and HCM City Party Committee Secretary Le Thanh Hai (R, fourth) with some delegates at a meeting in the city to mark the nation’s great anniversaries (Photo: SGGP).

After the great victory of the Ho Chi Minh Campaign in 1975, South Vietnam is totally liberated and since then the city was honorably named after the President and entered a new era in which it, along with the rest of the country, has tried its best to “build Vietnam into a country that is peaceful, unified, independent, democratic and prosperous,” as stated in the President’s testament, Mr. Hai said.

Following the President’s instructions, the city has continuously sought and applied new models for economic and social management, carrying out large economic reforms, eliminating bureaucracy and removing obstacles to its development, the city’s Party leader said.

The city’s great efforts have paid off, he said, with its economy increasingly developed, the people’s material and spiritual life enhanced, and other important areas like education, culture and healthcare improved.
In implementation of the late leader’s advise: “Our Party must have good plans for economic and cultural development, and for continual improving the people’s life,” the city has gain good performance in providing houses for the poor, the handicapped and other welfare social subjects, including heroic mothers, he said. 

In poverty elimination, the city has also made a great leap. In 1992, the city had 122,000 pour households, accounting for 17 percent of the city’s total number of households. But in 2008, the city basically had no poor households according to a new income criteria that doubled the previous one. It is striving to gain the same achievement by 2015 with another income threshold for poor households: VND12 million (US$670) per people per year, Mr. Hai said 
To make the city more modern and civilized, many major infrastructure projects have been carried out to better meet its needs of economic, social and cultural development, he added.

In mapping out development plans, the city authorities always link its economic and social development to security and defense, to maintain political stability and social order and safety, he said.

By staff writers - Translated by Truc Thinh

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