Ceremony marks Hanoi’s 60th Liberation Day

Party, State, and Government leaders and officials together with people from all walks of life gathered at a ceremony in Hanoi on October 10 to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the capital’s Liberation Day (October 10, 1954).
Party, State, and Government leaders and officials together with people from all walks of life gathered at a ceremony in Hanoi on October 10 to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the capital’s Liberation Day (October 10, 1954).

Prominent attendees were Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, President Truong Tan Sang, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung, and President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Nguyen Thien Nhan.

Addressing the ceremony, Secretary of the municipal Party Committee Pham Quang Nghi expressed deep gratitude to late President Ho Chi Minh, martyrs and generations of Vietnamese people for their sacrifice and dedication to the liberation, construction and defence of the country and the capital city.

He recalled the atmosphere in the capital on October 10 six decades ago, when more than 400,000 residents greeted the triumphant Vietnamese army units returning to Hanoi and taking over the city from the French troops.

Since then, Hanoi embarked on rebuilding efforts and together with other northern localities supported the southern Vietnam’s struggle against the US.

Over the past years, the capital has reaped a number of outstanding socio-economic achievements while weathering numerous difficulties such as impacts of the global economic crisis, he noted.

The city’s annual economic growth rate stood at 9.5 percent, 1.5 times higher than the national average, while its gross domestic product and State budget collection accounted for 10 and 20 percent of the national respective figures.

Urban planning and management, traffic safety, social welfares along with cultural and educational affairs have made observable strides, the official said, adding that Hanoi has had the highest human development index in the country.

The city has established cooperation and relations with more than 100 capitals and cities across the world. Fifteen years ago, it was the only Asian-Pacific city presented with the title “the City for Peace” by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), he added.

Also at the ceremony, Hanoi authorities honoured 10 individuals as “the capital’s eminent citizens” and 1,120 others for their good deeds in 2014.

On this occasion, President Truong Tan Sang presented the Ho Chi Minh Order, Vietnam’s second noblest order, to the municipal Party Committee, authorities and people of Hanoi.-VNA

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