It is almost 25 years since the United States withdrew from Vietnam, ending the bitter war between the two countries.
Vietnamese celebrations to mark its communist victory are already in full swing in towns throughout the country.
The celebrations culminate in Ho Chi Minh City - formerly Saigon - on 30 April, 25 years to the day since the hurried American departure.
War veterans led the way anniversary parades
Vietnamese women commemorated the role of nurses during the conflict
The communist hammer and sickle forms the backdrop for these school children in Da Nang
The placards transform into the image of revolutionary leader Ho Chi Minh
Soldiers look on as a military parade passes in Nha Trang