Nation’s leaders attend National Day celebrations
QĐND - Tuesday, September 01, 2009, 21:6 (GMT+7)
All of the nation’s top four leaders and the head of the country’s largest mass organisation attended the August Revolution and National Day celebrations in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City on September 1, demonstrating their great reverence for the national independence.
The meeting in Hanoi was honoured by the presence of the Communist Party of Vietnam’s General Secretary Nong Duc Manh, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, Chairman of the National Assembly Nguyen Phu Trong and Vietnam Fatherland Front Chairman Huynh Dam.
In his speech, Manh emphasised that the success of the August Revolution and the Declaration of Independence that ushered in the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, now the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, 64 years ago wrote a new glorious page in the nation’s history.
“The events were a victory for a people who aspired for freedom and independence as well as a result of the unity between the Party and the people”, noted the Party leader.
He also described the late President Ho Chi Minh as the man who made the historic decisions that took the Vietnamese revolution to a major turning point.
“Exactly 24 years after declaring national independence, President Ho Chi Minh passed away on September 2, 1969 and left the Party, people and army with a spiritual and immortal testament.”
“His testament not only summed up his experiences of revolutionary leadership but also vividly expressed the characteristics of a national leader, a hero of national liberation and an outstanding cultural activist”, said the late President’s successor.
He pointed out that the testament of Vietnam ’s first president remains valid to this day, although 40 years have passed. It successfully inspired the entire nation to unite around the Communist Party of Vietnam and overcome numerous difficulties while recording many great achievements in every field.
The Party leader called on the entire nation to build on the quest for national independence and follow the road towards socialism in order to turn Vietnam into a modern industrial country to match other developed nations around the world.
The same day, the nation’s leaders led a delegation to lay a floral tribute to the late President at his mausoleum.
The delegation also laid a wreath at the Monument to Martyrs.
In Ho Chi Minh City, State President Nguyen Minh Triet joined the Permanent Deputy Prime Minister Somsavat Lengsavad of Laos at a major meeting to mark Vietnam’s National Day, showing the great unity that exists between the two neighbouring countries.