AS IT IS 2015-05-01 Parade Marks 40th Anniversary of Vietnam War's End 越南庆祝越南战争结束40周年
Vietnam has held a parade to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War. The victory of North Vietnamese forces brought the whole country under communist rule.
Thousands of flag-waving soldiers, former armed forces members and others took part in the parade Thursday.They marched toward the center of Ho Chi Minh City. Top government and communist party officials watched the event.
The parade was supposed to be a reenactment of the events of April 30, 1975.Forty years ago, North Vietnamese tanks entered the center of what was then the South Vietnamese capital, known as Saigon.
The event marked the end of the Vietnamese communists’ war against colonial ruler, France, and then against U.S.-supported South Vietnam.About 58,000 American soldiers died in the conflict. Up to four million Vietnamese were killed.
The United States supported South Vietnam against the North.U.S. officials saw the war as part of larger campaign to stop the spread of communism.Forty years ago, the U.S. government pulled its last embassy officials out of Saigon as North Vietnamese forces entered the city.
During anniversary observation, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung praised the North Vietnamese victory as one of national reunification.
本次40周年纪念活动中，越南总理Nguyen Tan Dung 表示北越的胜利让越南重新回归统一。
He said I call on Vietnamese people at home and overseas to support the sense of patriotism the tradition of humanity and tolerance to raise above past differences to sincerely engage in national reconciliation
Prime Minister Dung also criticized the United States for what he called its “countless barbarous crimes. ”
He said the U.S. had caused “immeasurable losses and pain to our people and country.” The French news agency reported his comments.
No U.S. diplomats attended the parade.In recent years, economic and military ties between the two countries have improved.Thursday was the 20th anniversary since the countries reestablished diplomatic relations.
Vietnam now accepts some forms of capitalis.But it continues to have a one-party system of government and restricts free speech.