National Day celebrations rehearsed

Sunday, 2015-08-30 22:05:20
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The military parade rehearsal at Ba Dinh Square on August 29.
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NDO/VNA – A rehearsal of the military parade and other events celebrating the 70th anniversary of the August Revolution and National Day took place at Ba Dinh Square, Hanoi, on August 29 despite heavy rain.

The torch relay, a flag-raising ceremony, the march of the masses as well as the military parade was rehearsed, among other main events.

Security and traffic were ensured during and after the rehearsal.

Up to 40,000 people are scheduled to join in a grand meeting and mass parade at Hanoi's Ba Dinh Square on September 2 to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the August Revolution (August 19) and National Day (September 2).

They represent the armed forces and individuals from various social backgrounds, including war veterans, workers, farmers, entrepreneurs, the youth, women and ethnic minority people.

They will march from Ba Dinh Square and take to the major central streets of Hanoi in two directions, one heading to Nguyen Thai Hoc-Kim Ma-Lieu Giai, and the other to Nguyen Thai Hoc-Hang Khay-Trang Tien-Opera House.

Themed ‘Promoting the strength of the entire nation - determined to build and defend the Socialist Republic of Vietnam,’ the live-broadcast parade aims to affirm the great historical values of the August Revolution and the birth of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam in the history of the nation’s construction and defence.

Prior to the march, a 21-gun salute will be fired from the Thang Long Royal Citadel, according to the national committee for major events organisation.

Following the march, a major art performance will be held featuring a series of famous singers.

Another impressive music show will be organised on the evening of September 2. Firework displays will be seen in five locations throughout Hanoi, including Hoan Kiem Lake, Thong Nhat Park, Van Quan Lake, My Dinh Stadium, and West Lake.