Flag-raising ceremony held in Quang Tri to mark Reunification Day

A flag-hoisting ceremony was held at the Hien Luong-Ben Hai special national historical site in Quang Tri province to mark the 46th Reunification Day (April 30) and the 49th anniversary of provincial liberation (May 1).
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Flag-raising ceremony held in Quang Tri to mark Reunification Day
At 7:00 am, the national flag was raised to the peak of the Hien Luong-Ben Hai monument on the background of the national anthem. Photo: Tienphong

The annual event aims to recall glorious victories of Vietnamese army and people during the war.

At 7:00 am, the national flag was raised to the peak of the Hien Luong-Ben Hai monument on the background of the national anthem.

This year, the ceremony was scaled down due to fears over COVID-19 spread, with side events such as a traditional boat race and “bai choi” singing events cancelled, the Nhan dan (People) newspaper reported.

The Hien Luong - Ben Hai special national historical site is located at the foot of Hien Luong Bridge across Ben Hai River.

Flag-raising ceremony held in Quang Tri to mark Reunification Day
Ben Hai River divided North and South Vietnam following the signing of the Geneva Accords in 1954. File photo via VNA

Ben Hai River divided North and South Vietnam following the signing of the Geneva Accords in 1954, with the 17th Parallel where the Ben Hai River runs through the central province of Quang Tri as a borderline for 21 years.

Throughout this prolonged period, the Hien Luong Bridge symbolised the division, expectations and the pain of loss and separation. The river and the bridge were witnesses to the Vietnamese people's fierce but glorious struggle against foreign invaders and a reflection of their desire for and belief in victory.

Quang Tri was one of the most heavily bombed areas during the anti-US resistance war. The province was also renowned for the fierce 81-day-and-night battle at the ancient Quang Tri Citadel.

War ended long time ago and Hien Luong Bridge stood the test of time to remind people about the country’s tragic but ultimately victorious past, the VOV said./.

Flag-raising ceremony held in Quang Tri to mark Reunification Day
A boat race on Ben Hai River in 2018. Photo: quangtri.tintuc.vn
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