The largest-ever parade in Vietnam was held in Hanoi to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the August Revolution and the National Day on September 2.

On behalf of Party and State leaders, State President Truong Tan Sang delivered a speech in which he remarked that September 2, 1945 was a day that charted a new era of national independence and socialism in the country.

He highlighted the historic significance of the August Revolution, which led to the establishment of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam and served as a source of encouragement for other colonized nations to struggle for independence and social advancement.

The August Revolution created strength in national unity and patriotic traditions as well as sound leadership and strategic vision in the Party, he said.

“Vietnam is deeply grateful for the help from our brother countries and the support from countries around the world during our struggle for independence, the fight to protect our nation, and in our nation-building efforts,” he said.

At least 30,000 troops and civilian units marched through Ba Dinh Square, the site where President Ho Chi Minh proclaimed the establishment of a free and independent Vietnam on this day in 1945.

The parade began at 7am with the lighting of a torch at the nearby Ho Chi Minh Museum that was then carried to nearby Ba Dinh Square.