A grand ceremony was held in Dien Bien Phu city on May 7 to mark the 55th anniversary of Dien Bien Phu Victory (May 7) and the 100th anniversary of Dien Bien Province (June 28).
|Dien Bien Province’s militia marches at the ceremony to mark the Dien Bien Phu Victory (Photo: SGGP)|
Joining thousands of local people on the occasion were Truong Tan Sang, Politburo member and permanent member of the Party Central Committee’s Secretariat; Tong Thi Phong, Secretary of the Party Central Committee and National Assembly Vice Chairwoman; Huynh Dam, member of the Party Central Committee and President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee and Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan.
The secretary of the provincial Party Committee, Lo Mai Trinh, spoke of the great significance of the victory – one of the glittering feats of arms and a golden mark in the country’s history of fighting foreign aggressors for national liberation, construction and defense.
After 55 years of liberation, the province has focused on overcoming the aftermath of the war, promoting economic reconstruction and developing its potential.
Its economy grew by 8.3 percent per year between 2001and 2005 and reached 10.87 percent per year between 2006 and 2008.
The proportion of industry, construction and services in the province’s economy has been rising year after year.
The Party and State have recognized the accomplishments of the province with numerous honors, including the Gold Star Order, the Ho Chi Minh Order, the Independence Order and Labor Order.
At the ceremony, Dien Bien was bestowed the Ho Chi Minh Order for the second time.
A procession and an art-sport program were also held to mark the event and raise funds for the poor in Dien Bien.
In related news, Sai Gon Giai Phong editor-in-chief Tran The Tuyen visited Na Tau High School in Dien Bien Province’s Dien Bien District and presented VND50 million to build dormitories.
Mr. Tuyen also visited Dien Bien Phu newspaper and gave gifts to two students sponsored by the newspaper.