President Nguyen Van Thieu of South Vietnam took the reviewing stand yesterday (Tuesday) at a massive Armed Forces Day parade.
President Nguyen Van Thieu of South Vietnam took the reviewing stand yesterday (Tuesday) at a massive Armed Forces Day parade. Over 20,000 troops marched and rode past the President in the biggest display of military might over stage in Saigon. Observers described it as a show of a strength at a time when the fate of the Vietnam ceasefire is still undecided. In a speech marking the celebrations President Thieu warned the country that armed force alone would ensure the Communists respected the Paris agreements. He declared that peace must still be snatched from what he called "a savage and blood-thirsty enemy". The troops included elite units engaged in heavy fighting against the Communists below the Demilitarized Zone last year. There were also plenty of mobile guns and tanks brought into South Vietnam just before the original Paris peace accords last January forbad the import of further war material. /President gave a warning that the Communists had only accepted the /The Paris accords to win time before resuming their attacks. He urged the nation to be vigilant.