“The 60th anniversary of the Dien Bien Phu victory is the time for us to reflect upon the past, evaluate the present and look forward to the future in hopes of gaining greater achievements,” Dien Bien provincial People’s Committee Chairman Mua A Son told radio The Voice of Vietnam (VOV).

Mua A Son made the statement in a recent interview granted to VOV about an array of activities marking the resounding Dien Bien Phu victory which helped end French colonial rule in Vietnam 60 years ago.

The 60th anniversary of the Dien Bien Phu victory (1954-2014) is a national event of special significance for the country in general and in particular the province of Dien Bien.

This year's celebration activities highlight the meaning and value of the great victory of Dien Bien Phu by educating the younger generations about traditional patriotism and national pride.

The spirit of Dien Bien Phu would help local people effectively implement socio-economic tasks, ensure security and defence. The celebration activities will remind Vietnamese people and international friends of the glorious history of the nation.

Mua A Son said the most important highlights in the sequence of activities to celebrate the 60th victory anniversary are a special art performance on May 6, the parade on the morning of May 7 at Dien Bien Stadium, and a firework display to be staged at the provincial Culture Conference Centre.

These activities will be broadcast live on both radio and television, he added.

Earlier from March 13-15, Dien Bien successfully organised Dien Bien Culture and Tourism Week, attracting a large number of tourists and ethnic minority people.

For construction projects welcoming the 60th anniversary of the Dien Bien Phu victory, the Dien Bien Phu victory museum project is seen as the most important work for the landmark anniversary.

"The work shows gratitude of future generations for the heroic martyrs who laid down their lives for national independence and freedom. With that sense, we are striving to complete the project on schedule to serve visitors at home and abroad ", the provincial chairman said.

Along with that, Dien Bien has called on all provinces and cities from across the country to support it in communication activities and the province has received a positive response and support of provinces and cities nationwide.

To support the media agencies’ activities during the anniversary celebration period, the provincial People’s Committee has decided to establish a press centre aiming to facilitate dissemination of information about the important events, Chairman Son said.-VNA