Flag-Raising Ceremony in Quảng Trị Marks National Reunification Day

The national flag of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam is raised at the Hiền Lương-Bến Hải historic site in Vinh Linh District, Quảng Trị. The Bến Hải River, located at the 17th parallel, was part of a demilitarized zone that separated the country during the U.S. War in Vietnam.

 A flag-raising ceremony was held at the Hiền Lương-Bến Hải historical relic site in Vĩnh Linh district, the central province of Quảng Trị, on April 30 to mark the 44th anniversary of the Liberation of South Vietnam and National Reunification Day (April 30, 1975).

As part of the national reunification festival co-organized by Nhan dan (People's) Daily, the Vietnam News Agency (VNA) and the People's Committee of the provincial committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam, the event also celebrated the 65th anniversary of the Dien Bien Phu victory which in 1954 ended French colonial rule in Vietnam and the 47th anniversary of the liberation of Quảng Trị (May 1, 1972).

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.

Hiền Lương Bridge that spans the Bến Hải River, which divided North and South Vietnam during the Vietnam War, is only 178 metres long but it took 21 years for Vietnamese people from the North and the South to be united. The bridge is witness to the Vietnamese people's fierce but glorious struggle and a reflection of their desire for and belief in victory. Relic sites located on both banks of the river have been recognized as special national historical relics.

Quảng Trị 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 Quảng Trị Citadel.

In his opening remarks, Secretary of the provincial Party Committee Nguyen Van Hung highlighted major achievements Quảng Trị 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 the Hiền Lương-Bến Hải special national historical relic site, a boat race on the Bến Hải River and an inaugural ceremony of the project to upgrade the southern bank of the site.

Delegates paid tribute to fallen soldiers at the National Road 9 Martyrs' Cemetery, Truong Son Martyrs' Cemetery.

The evening of April 29, an art program entitled "Aspiration for Unification" was held at the historical site.

On this occasion, VNA General Director Nguyen Duc Loi presented 1.8 billion VND (U.S.$77,400) to Quảng Trị to build three classrooms at the kindergarten in Trieu Tai commune, Trieu Phong district.

Nhan Dan newspaper and the Vietnam Electricity also presented 1 billion VND (U.S.$43,000) to local social policy beneficiaries.

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 Bến Hải River on the 17th Parallel to be the temporary military division line 65 years ago and Quảng Trị was an extremely fierce battlefield.

The people of Quảng Trị had to endure many sacrifices and hardships. Forty-seven years after Liberation Day, people in Quảng Trị 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 program featured songs and dances to honour the fighting spirit of the Vietnamese army and people and the aspiration for national unification.

(VNA. Photos VNA.)

This article was published in

Volume 49 Number 16 - May 4, 2019

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