A State funeral was held on May 3 for former President Le Duc Anh, who passed away on April 22 at the age of 99. Vietnam has declared two days of national mourning for him on May 3 and 4.

Delegates from the Party, State, National Assembly, Government, and Vietnam Fatherland Front along with officers and soldiers of the armed forces, Party members, and people from localities nationwide gathered at the National Funeral Hall in Hanoi on May 3 to pay last respects to the former State leader who devoted his whole life to the national revolutionary cause.

In the condolence book, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc praises the former President as an outstanding leader who had made great contributions to the cause of national liberation and reunification, the international mission of helping Cambodian people escape from genocide, and the cause of national construction and defence.

The same time, tribute-paying ceremonies were held at the Thong Nhat  Conference Hall in Ho Chi Minh City and the Conference Hall of the People’s Committee of the central province of Thua Thien-Hue, the hometown of former President and General Le Duc Anh.

The memorial ceremony for the deceased started at 10:45 at the National Funeral Hall in Hanoi the same day.

The burial ceremony was held at 17:00 the same day at the Ho Chi Minh City Cemetery.-VNA