Vietnamese Party and State senior leaders showed their deep appreciation for the late President Ho Chi Minh’s great contributions to the nation’s revolutionary cause whilst paying their respects to him at his mausoleum in Hanoi on September 2 on the occasion of National Day.

The delegation included Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung, former Party General Secretaries Le Kha Phieu and Nong Duc Manh, and former NA Chairman Nguyen Van An, amongst others.

The delegation then laid wreaths at the Memorial for Heroic Martyrs to commemorate those who sacrificed their lives during the country’s struggle for independence.

On the same day, a delegation comprising the Party Central Committee’s Military Commission; the Ministries of Defence, Public Security and Foreign Affairs; and the Hanoi Party Committee also paid their respects and laid down flowers at the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Memorial of Heroic Martyrs.

On the occasion, Party General Secretary Trong visited House No. 67 at the President Ho Chi Minh relic site, where the great leader passed away 45 years ago to the day.

Speaking with the relic’s staff, he expressed his joy over the increasing number of foreign and domestic visitors to the relic site, amounting to 1.5 million guests in the first half of 2014.

On the occasion of the National Day, the relic site has welcomed about 30,000 visitors, including nearly 4,000 foreigners.-VNA