Flag-raising ceremony marks National Reunification Day

22:43 01/05/2022

A flag-raising ceremony was held at the Hien Luong-Ben Hai special national monument in Vinh Linh district, Quang Tri province, on April 30 to mark the 47th anniversary of the Liberation of South Vietnam and National Reunification Day.

The event is attended by State President Nguyen Xuan Phuc along with many other Party and State officials.

The event is attended by State President Nguyen Xuan Phuc along with many other Party and State officials.

The ceremony also attracts the participation of heroic mothers, war veterans, local people, and tourists.

The ceremony also attracts the participation of heroic mothers, war veterans, local people, and tourists.

At 7:15 am, the national flag of Vietnam is raised to the peak of the monument while the national anthem is played.

At 7:15 am, the national flag of Vietnam is raised to the peak of the monument while the national anthem is played.

President Phuc joins other delegates to observe a minute's silence in order to commemorate late President Ho Chi Minh and to pay tribute to national heroes and war martyrs.

President Phuc joins other delegates to observe a minute's silence in order to commemorate late President Ho Chi Minh and to pay tribute to national heroes and war martyrs.

A military parade is also held at the end of the ceremony.

A military parade is also held at the end of the ceremony.

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

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

The Hien Luong - Ben Hai special national monument is situated at the foot of Hien Luong bridge across the Ben Hai river.

The Hien Luong - Ben Hai special national monument is situated at the foot of Hien Luong bridge across the Ben Hai river.

The bridge crosses the Ben Hai river, which divided the North and the South of Vietnam following the signing of the Geneva Accords in 1954.

The bridge crosses the Ben Hai river, which divided the North and the South of Vietnam following the signing of the Geneva Accords in 1954.

Although the river is just over 100 metres wide, it took 21 years for Vietnamese people on either bank to be united again.

Although the river is just over 100 metres wide, it took 21 years for Vietnamese people on either bank to be united again.

The river and the bridge are witnesses to the Vietnamese people's fierce and glorious struggle against foreign invaders, whilst reflecting their desire and belief in ultimate victory.

The river and the bridge are witnesses to the Vietnamese people's fierce and glorious struggle against foreign invaders, whilst reflecting their desire and belief in ultimate victory.

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