• Short Summary

    SOUTH VIETNAM ALMOST FORGOT ITS CONFLICTS FOR A FEW HOURS YESTERDAY (26 APRIL) IN CELEBRATIONS FOR THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE KING WHO FOUNDED VIETNAM.

  • Description

    SOUTH VIETNAM ALMOST FORGOT ITS CONFLICTS FOR A FEW HOURS YESTERDAY (26 APRIL) IN CELEBRATIONS FOR THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE KING WHO FOUNDED VIETNAM.

    THE KING, JUNG VUONG, FOUNDED VIETNAM MORE THAN 4,000 YEARS AGO. EVERY YEAR VIETNAMESE HAVE A MEMORIAL CEREMONY FOR HIM ON APRIL 26TH.

    BOYS AND GIRLS FROM MANY YOUTH ORGANISATION MARCHED THROUGH THE CITY IN TRADITIONAL VIETNAMESE COSTUME. MANY CARRIES DECORATED BANNERS. DELEGATIONS FROM VIETNAMESE RELIGIOUS GROUPS JOINED IN THE OCCASION. FOREIGN REPRESENTATIVES TOO WERE THERE TO WATCH THE MILITARY MARCH PAST AND RELIGIOUS CEREMONY.

    HIGHLIGHT OF THE CEREMONY WAS A SPEECH FROM SOUTH VIETNAM'S PRESIDENT NGUYEN VAN THIEU, CALLING FOR THE RECONCILIATION OF THE ENTIRE COUNTRY. HE SAID THIS WAS 'AN HONOURABLE PATH FOR THE PEOPLE OF THE OTHER SIDE.'
    'WE WANT TO END THE WAR AND WE WANT TO RESTORE PEACE IN THIS COUNTRY,' CONTINUED THE PRESIDENT.

    PRESIDENT THIEU ALSO PROMISES TO FIGHT COMMUNISM AND INTERNAL CORRUPTION. HE ASSURED THE PEOPLE OF HIS EFFORTS TO STRENGTHEN THE POSITION OF SOUTH VIETNAM AT THE PARIS PEACE TALKS.

    MORE THAN 500 POLICE AND TROOPS WERE ON GUARD AT THE CITY'S TAO DAN BOTANIC GARDENS WHERE THE MAIN CEREMONY TOOK PLACE, BODY GUARDS KEPT CLOSE TO THE PRESIDENT AND ONE OF THEM JUMPED UP AND DOWN ON THE ROSTRUM IN CASE OF BOOBY TRAPS BEFORE THE PRESIDENT MADE HIS SPEECH.

    THE PRECAUTIONS -- WHICH ALSO INCLUDED THE CLOSING OF ALL ROADS IN THE AREA -- FOLLOWED A SERIES OF BOMB EXPLOSIONS IN SAIGON DURING THE NIGHT. ONE TOOK PLACE AT A YOUTH CENTRE ONLY MINUTES BEFORE CHILDREN GATHERED THERE TO JOIN THE CELEBRATION MARCH.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3IKARLPRHEZELYX0LLAKX9V8R
    Media URN:
    VLVA3IKARLPRHEZELYX0LLAKX9V8R
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/04/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:11:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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