Prominent at the ceremony were Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong; Former Party General Secretaries Le Kha Phieu, Nong Duc Manh; President Truong Tan Sang; National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung; former National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Van An; Chairman of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Huynh Dam and members of the Party Committee, party secretaries, deputy prime ministers, many other senior leaders and revolutionary veterans.

The delegation was led by Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, who laid a wreath at the war memorial.

On the same day, President Truong Tan Sang offered incense to President Ho Chi Minh in the Ho Chi Minh presidential palace. President Sang praised the staff working in the presidential palace for their efforts in preserving the premises and conveying Uncle Ho’s thoughts and teachings to visitors to the monument.

On the morning of September 1, a delegation of members of the Party Committee, People’s Council, People’s Committee and Fatherland Front in Ho Chi Minh City offered incense to President Ho Chi Minh at the Ho Chi Minh Museum on 1 Nguyen Tat Thanh Street in District 4, HCMC.

The delegation also celebrated the 66th anniversary of Vietnam’s August Revolution and National Day at the Congress Hall at 11 Ba Huyen Thanh Street in District 3, HCMC.

Participating in the meeting were former Prime Minister Phan Van Khai; former president Nguyen Minh Triet; secretary of HCM City's Party Committee Le Thanh Hai; the city People's Committee chairman Le Hoang Quan; the city People’s Council chairperson Nguyen Thi Quyet Tam and chairman of the city Fatherland Front Committee Duong Quan Ha.

Speaking at the anniversary meeting, Le Hoang Quan said that under the leadership of the Party, in the last 36 years since the South was liberated, party committee, government and people have overcome numerous difficulties and hardships to secure and maintain national independence and reunification as well as made remarkable achievements.

Quan said that in future the city will step up production, trade, price- subsidized programs and curb inflation.

On the same day, an exhibition themed “Tu hao Vietnam- 66 nam doc lap, tu chu va phat trien” (Pride of Vietnam- 66 years of independence, autonomy and development) opened in Lam Son and Chi Lang Parks in District 1, HCMC.

The exhibition comprises of nearly 230 pictures showing scenes from Vietnam’s history of the two wars and the struggles of residents in Saigon-Gon-Cho Lon-Gia Dinh which all contributed to the liberation of the South.

Several rare pictures of President Ho Chi Minh’s activities and political events during the period 1945-1946 are on display at the exhibition. These photos have been provided by the Vietnamese Association of Historical Sciences.

The exhibition is on until September 15.

Nguyen Thi Thu Ha, member of the Party Central Committee and Deputy-Secretary of the Party City Committee attended the event.

On the same day, a formal ceremony marking the 66th anniversary of Vietnam’s August Revolution and National Day was held in the Mekong Delta province of Hau Giang.

On this occasion, province leaders inaugurated two main construction projects including an administrative building in the province and the Xa No Bridge. The two construction projects cost over VND938 billion. Both projects will contribute to the socio-economic development in the province.

Sai Gon Giai Phong - September 2, 2011