Respect-paying and memorial services for General Vo Nguyen Giap will be held in Ho Chi Minh City at the same time with those in Hanoi, according to an announcement released by the organising board on October 8.

Mourners in HCM City and its surrounding areas will pay respect to the General at the City’s Thong Nhat Hall from 7:30 am on October 12. The memorial service will begin from 7:00 am the following day.

General Vo Nguyen Giap, who was a former Politburo member, Secretary of the Central Military Commission, Defence Minister and Commander in Chief of the Vietnam People’s Army, passed away on October 4 at the age of 103.

A national funeral will be held for the General in recognition of his great contributions to the nation.-VNA