Local press and representatives of friendship associations in the city, including Hoang Huu Nghia, chairman of the Vietnam with Russia Friendship Association and Le Hung Quoc, chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City Union of Friendship Organizations, joined the celebration.
At the event, Russian Consul General in HCMC, Anatoli Vasilievich Borovik, reviewed the Great Patriotic War with many hardships and sacrifices of the Russian people. For more than six decades, the Victory Day has become a common date for the peace-loving peoples around the world to celebrate.
The Georgiyev ribbon was showcased. The black-and-orange ribbons are usually tied on car in Russia during May as a way Russian youths remember their fathers who died in the war.
According to the Consul General, there are around 2,000 Russians in Vietnam. Though the Russian community here is not very big since most Russians coming to Vietnam are tourists, people living here also celebrate the day with their family or friends.
“No matter where we are, we always remember the day,” he said.
Within the framework of activities to mark the Victory Day in Vietnam, a wreath laying ceremony will be held at Russian Sailors Memorial at Lai Thieu Cemetery in Binh Duong Province on May 5.
A similar ceremony will take place at a monument at Cam Ranh airport in the coastal province of Khanh Hoa on May 9 to commemorate Russian and Vietnamese soldiers who sacrificed their lives for peace and stability.