South Vietnam on the eastern seaboard of former Indo-China celebrated independence October 26. For the?
South Vietnam on the eastern seaboard of former Indo-China celebrated independence October 26. For the eleven million Vietnamese who live in the "rice bowl of Asia" the day was three times important! They celebrated the fourth anniversary of their independence, the third anniversary of the founding of their Republic and the second anniversary of the promulgation of their Constitution.
Vietnamese paid dearly for freedom: They had been under foreign domination since the second century before Christ. When France gave back the country to the Vietnamese under the Geneva agreement, the country was partitioned. at the 17th parallel. More than half of the country and 15 million people became Communist North Vietnam.
Although border desputes continued to endanger life and property - despite the presence of the International Control Commission - this year's celebrations were carefree.
In Saigon, capital of South Vietnam, big crowds saw three thousand army, airforce and navymen parade before President Ngo Dinh (pronounced Ngo Ding Zion).
Australia, Britain and the United States also took part. The British destroyer, HMS Cheviot was there, for a goodwill visit.