70th National Day celebrated with great enthusiasm around the country.
Many people came to Hanoi on September 2 to celebrate Vietnam’s 70th National Day, with parades along the capital’s main streets attracting large numbers of people.
Ms. Nguyen Thi Hang, an 83-year-old woman from Kim Ma Street, waited for the 7am parade since 5am. When she was 13 years old she listened to the Declaration of Independence from President Ho Chi Minh but was unable to get to Ba Dinh Square at the time.
Eight-two year old Mr. Nguyen Duy Anh didn’t sleep last night as he waited for his son to take him to see the parade. At 4am he and his family went to Nguyen Thai Hoc Street, where he yelled out “Long live Ho Chi Minh” as the parade passed by.
Children and young people were also at the parade, with many youngsters saying they were fortunate to be born in a time of peace and felt proud of Vietnamese soldiers.
Elsewhere around the country people watched the parade on TV or went to cultural centers to watch it on big screens and celebrate the day.
State President Truong Tan Sang said that in the 70 years since President Ho Chi Minh declared independence the country has suffered many wars, with all Vietnamese struggling to protect the country’s independence. Reminding people of the great devotion of Vietnamese soldiers in the fight for independence, President Sang also spoke of the challenges that were faced. Vietnam’s national strength, he said, can be harnessed for new achievements in the country’s development.