HCM CITY — HCM City on Sunday held a solemn ceremony to mark the 67th anniversary of the August Revolution (August 19) and National Day (September 2) with Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung attending the event.
Addressing the ceremony, Chairman of the HCM City People's Committee Le Hoang Quan reviewed the country's glorious history during the struggle for independence as well as the cause of national defence and construction.
The victory of the August Revolution has demonstrated the Vietnamese people's great strength under the leadership of the communist party and President Ho Chi Minh, putting an end to the feudal colonial regime, opening the way for the country to advance along the direction of people's democratic revolution and socialism, he said.
On this occasion, Dung presented the Ho Chi Minh Award to the family of the late painter Nguyen Gia Tri, and the State Award to painter Nguyen Cao Thuong and researcher Vu Ngoc Lien.
Several photo exhibitions highlighting Viet Nam's development over the past 67 years got under way as part of activities to mark the special day.
The exhibitions will last until September 10.
Earlier on Saturday, also on the occasion of Viet Nam's National Day, a delegation of Party, State, National Assembly, Government, and Viet Nam Fatherland Front top leaders paid a floral tribute to President Ho Chi Minh at his mausoleum in Ha Noi.
It is estimated that more than 47,700 people paid tribute to President Ho Chi Minh at his mausoleum on National Day and holidays.
National Day, which fell on Sunday, is also celebrated at Viet Nam's embassies around the world. — VNS