The central province of Thua Thien-Hue celebrated the 40th anniversary of its liberation with a ceremony on March 26.

In his speech, Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Nguyen Van Cao recalled that at 6:30 am on March 26,1975, the “Quyet chien, quyet thang” (Determined to fight, Determined to win) flag of Vietnam was raised at Phu Van Lau (a relic inside the Hue Imperial City), marking the liberation of Thua Thien-Hue.

Contributing to the victory, nearly 19,000 local soldiers laid down their lives, 13,000 suffered injuries and some 5,000 were imprisoned by the enemy, he noted.

The Thua Thien-Hue victory was a milestone of the Hue-Da Nang campaign that, together with the Tay Nguyen (Central Highlands) and Ho Chi Minh campaigns, freed South Vietnam in 1975 and led to national reunification.

Cao said the province has achieved rapid and sustainable growth with its GDP rising by an average of over 10 percent and tourism revenue accounting for 55.3 percent. Meanwhile, per capita income reached roughly 2,000 USD, reducing the household poverty rate to 5.06 percent.

On behalf of the Party and State, Politburo member Pham Quang Nghi, who is also the Secretary of the Hanoi Party Committee, hailed Thua Thien-Hue’s achievements and contributions to both the war against American imperialists and current national development.

He highlighted the province’s role as a vital link in the war and its significant accomplishments in economics, culture, society, defence and security.

Hue was the first city in Vietnam to be receive the title “ASEAN City of Culture” and “ASEAN Environmentally Sustainable City”.-VNA