A grand ceremony was held on Apr. 5 at the Doc Lap national cemetery in northern Dien Bien province to pray for peace for the nation and its people, and commemorate soldiers who fell during past wars.

The local authorities, the Most Venerable Thich Gia Quang, Deputy General Secretary and Head of the Office of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha Central Committee (VBSCC) and over 2,000 Buddhist dignitaries, monks, nuns and followers from various parts of the country and overseas Vietnamese attended the ceremony.

General Vo Nguyen Giap sent flowers the ceremony.

The ceremony is an annual activity to commemorate soldiers and people, who sacrificed their lives to the tremendous victory at Dien Bien Phu over the French colonialists, 58 years ago.

The observance will last until Apr. 7.-VNA