The birth of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam in 1945 is a glorious milestone in the country’s history of national construction and defense, which marked the end of the colonial semi-feudal regime, turning Vietnam into an independent and free country.
President Truong Tan Sang made the speech at the grand meeting to mark the 70th National Day at Ba Dinh Square in Hanoi on September 2.
“From then, our country, our nation began a new era, an era of national independence and socialism,” the President said.
Ba Dinh Square on the morning of September 2__Photo: VNA
He went on to say that over the past 70 years, the Vietnamese people have made great efforts and sacrifice to uphold their sacred vow at the independence declaration ceremony in 1945 that “the entire Vietnamese are determined to mobilize all their physical and mental strengths, to sacrifice their lives and property in order to safeguard their independence and liberty.”
The President paid tribute to President Ho Chi Minh for leading the Vietnamese people to victory and to “millions of heroes - the outstanding sons of the country - who sacrificed their lives for freedom and independence of our motherland.”
“Vietnam is also deeply grateful for the support of countries around the world during the struggle for our independence, the fight to protect our nation and in our nation-building efforts,” the State leader said.
He continued to say that Vietnam now had huge opportunities to develop, but also faced challenges as international and regional situations kept changing, especially with regard to sovereignty.
“The dispute in the East Sea is growing increasingly intense, and plots and activities of hostile forces aiming at undermining our State and regime are directly threatening our country’s peace, stability, sovereignty and territorial integrity,” the President said.
He called on the nation as a whole to foster patriotism and solidarity and work together to overcome the challenges. He also pressed for the country to strengthen the armed and security forces and improve their combating capacity to protect the sovereignty of the nation and peaceful lives of its people.
He expressed strong belief that the Vietnamese nation would achieve new feats in the cause of building a strong, democratic, equitable and civilized country with prosperous people.
After the President’s speech, the largest-ever parade was held with at least 30,000 troops and civilian units marching through Ba Dinh Square and many Hanoi streets.- (VLLF)