The memorial, covering nearly 18,000 square metres at the Vinh Hang Park and Cemetery in Vinh Cuu district, is dedicated to the thousands of war heroes and martyrs who laid down their lives on the southeastern front for the cause of national independence and freedom.
* On the same day, the first phase of the project to restore the Saigon - Gia Dinh region (now Ho Chi Minh City) Party Committee base during the US war was inaugurated at a ceremony in Mo Cay Bac district, Ben Tre province.
The site covers more than two hectares and was invested with VND 9.8 billion funded by Ho Chi Minh City and Ben Tre province. In the first phase of the restoration, a traditional house, floating base and the base leaders' shelter were rebuilt according to the original designs.
Addressing the event, Politburo member and Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee, Le Thanh Hai, said that the construction is very significant as a revolutionary symbol of the good sentiments Ben Tre people had towards the Party Committee, armed forces and people of Ho Chi Minh City during the US resistance war. The memorial will also help educate the younger generations of Ben Tre province and Ho Chi Minh City about their revolutionary traditions, he added.
The Ho Chi Minh City authorities also presented VND 800 million to policy beneficiary families and poor households in Ben Tre province on the occasion.
* A gathering attended by Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan entitled ‘Quang Tri Soldiers’ was held at the Hanoi Friendship Culture Palace yesterday to mark the 40th anniversary of Quang Tri province’s liberation (May 1, 1972 – 2012).
The event brought together more than 900 war veterans and revolutionary youth who joined the fighting on the Quang Tri front, along with relatives and families of war martyrs from 20 cities and provinces across the country.
Speaking at the event, Vice President Doan expressed her deep gratitude to the soldiers of Quang Tri, whose intelligence, courage and undaunted spirit brought peace, unification, freedom and liberation to the country.
The event honoured the sacrifice and contributions of soldiers who fought at the Quang Tri front and paid tribute to those who laid down their lives for the cause of national liberation and freedom. It also aimed to encourage younger generations to promote the fine tradition of their predecessors and devote their talents and youth to national construction and defence.
* The Hanoi city Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism has organised more than 60 cultural and arts programmes for the city residents to celebrate the national holidays. The programmes will focus on praising the country, the Party and State, President Ho Chi Minh, war heroes and martyrs, as well as the capital’s achievements during the Doi Moi (Renewal) process.
Many Cheo (traditional opera), Tuong (Classical opera), Cai Luong (reformed theatre) and Quan Ho (Love duets) art troupes will perform on the city’s stages on April 29-30 and May 1. They will also entertain people living in rural areas and contributors to the city who are now living in hospitals and nursing homes.