|A delegation led by Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan lays wreaths and offers incense at Ho Chi Minh City cemetery (Photo: VNA)
They observed one minute of silence in memory of Vietnamese heroic mothers, war heroes and martyrs who laid down their lives for national independence.
At the Ho Chi Minh City cemetery, they paid tribute to generations of leaders and revolutionary veterans who dedicated their lives to national construction and defence.
In the morning the same day, a delegation of the municipal authorities and walks of life paid floral tribute to war heroes at Ben Duoc Memorial Temple.
On June 26, a candle-lit ceremony in commemoration of martyrs took place at A1 National Martyrs’ Cemetery in the northern mountainous province of Dien Bien.
A music show was also held at the event.
Many activities to express gratitude to martyrs, war invalids and other revolution contributors are being held nationwide on the occasion.
The Vietnam Invalids and Martyrs Day (July 27) is a special chance for the entire country to commemorate millions of martyrs and war invalids who sacrificed their lives and health during the wars.
In 1947, just two years after President Ho Chi Minh delivered the declaration of independence, the first decree on preferential policies for war invalids and fallen soldiers was issued.
The same year, July 27 was designated as the national war invalids day, which was later renamed the War Invalids and Martyrs Day, to call on the entire community to support war invalids and martyrs’ families in acknowledgement of their contributions to the nation.