Thousands of Vietnamese and hundreds of foreign dignitaries thronged the Thong Nhut Avenue, Saigon, capital of South Vietnam to celebrate October 26 the National Day.
LS Crowd rear.
LS Officials arrive.
LS Ditto on stand.
MS President Diem's car arrives.
LS Guard of honour.
LS President on platform.
LS Parade leader.
MS Soldiers march past.
MLS President on platform.
MCU Troops march past.
LS Planes fly past.
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Background: Thousands of Vietnamese and hundreds of foreign dignitaries thronged the Thong Nhut Avenue, Saigon, capital of South Vietnam to celebrate October 26 the National Day.
On this day 1954 after the conclusion of hostilities in Indo-China, South Vietnam became independent under Geneva Agreement and President Ngo Dinh Diem became the Republic's first President.
At this year's celebrations delegations from Tunisia and neighbouring Laos watched with the President a spectacular show of armed strength of South Vietnam's Army, Navy and Airforce.
A flock of doves were set free by Signal Units just as they marched past the President. In a radio broadcast to the nation, President Diem stressed the achievements scored in every field since the founding of the Republic "through the moral and intellectual efforts and sacrifices of our people."