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Last Updated: Saturday, 30 April, 2005, 09:43 GMT 10:43 UK
In pictures: Vietnam celebrates
Vietnamese soldiers on parade in Ho Chi Minh City
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Celebrations have been taking place to mark the 30th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War.
Soldiers re-enact the liberation of Saigon
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Soldiers paraded through Ho Chi Minh City while others re-enacted the communist North's victory over US forces.
Women soldiers on parade in Ho Chi Minh City
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Some three million Vietnamese and 58,000 Americans were killed in the 1965-1975 conflict.
Elderly women spectators use fans to keep cool
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Thousands of Vietnamese, young and old, turned out to watch the Liberation Day celebrations.
Vietnamese war veteran
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Among them were veterans, proudly sporting their medals.
Youths parade holding large poster of Ho Chi Minh
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The government hopes the celebrations will help to revive patriotism and national pride among the young.
Coloured placards forming national Vietnamese flag
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Here, students form a national flag by flipping yellow and red placards.
Vietnamese girls in costumes
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Some parades were colourful, with young women wearing traditional dresses and conic hats.
Gen Vo Nguyen Giap (right) and Prime Minister Phan Van Khai
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Legendary military leader Gen Vo Nguyen Giap who masterminded the US defeat was among dignitaries at the parade in Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon.
Picture of Ho Chi Minh
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The picture of Ho Chi Minh, founder of today's Vietnam, featured on giant posters.


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