Martyrs of the Vietnam War

President Benigno S. Aquino III on Wednesday paid respect to Vietnam’s famous leader Ho Chi Minh and martyrs of the Vietnam war as he capped his two-day state visit here with wreath laying ceremonies at the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and the Vietnam War Memorial.

The President was accompanied by his cabinet members that included Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto Romulo,Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima, Trade Secretary Gregory Domingo, Higher Education Commissioner Patricia Licuanan, Presidential Management Staff Director-General Julia Abad, and Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office Secretary Ramon Carandang.

The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is a large memorial to the former Vietnamese leader. It is located at the center of Ba Dinh Square, where he read the Declaration of Independence on Sept. 22,1945. Ho Chi Minh’s body, preserved in the cooled, central hall of the mausoleum, with a military honor guard, lies in a glass case with dim lights.

The structure, formally inaugurated on Aug. 29, 1975, was inspired by Lenin’s Mausoleum in Moscow, although it is distinctively Vietnamese with it traditional architectural elements such as the sloping roof.

The Hanoi War Memorial is a monument which commemorates the sacrifice of courageous Vietnamese men and women who served the country in a time of great danger. The Memorial’s design is an impressive combination of modern architecture and tradition Vietnamese elements. The War Memorial is located next to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Ba Dinh Square.

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