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Vietnam holds parade to mark 70th anniversary of Dien Bien Phu victory

The parade is the culmination of the anniversary of the victory that reverberated around the world.

About 12,000 people, including military and police, marched through Dien Bien Stadium this morning in a parade to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Dien Bien Phu victory [May 7, 1954 - 2024] in the northern province of Dien Bien.

The parade saw the attendance of Vietnam's top leaders, former leaders, senior officials and foreign guests, including Sébastien Lecornu, Minister of the French Armed Forces.  

The Dien Bien Phu campaign, which lasted from March 13 to May 7, 1954, ended the nine-year war of resistance against the French colonialists. It led to the signing of the Geneva Accords two months later and ended the war in Indochina.

The parade is led by the army. 

Bird's-eye view of a rice field in Dien Bien Province, northern Vietnam, on the former battlefield of the Dien Bien Phu Campaign. 
 The commemoration is marked by a cannon salute. 
Parade picture of President Ho Chi Minh. 
 A female military music ensemble at the parade. 
Parade of the Armed Forces. 

Vietnam peacekeeping officers. 

Parade of the Armed Forces. 

Parade of the Armed Forces. 

 War veterans remember President Ho Chi Minh and General Vo Nguyen Giap, commander of the battle of Dien Bien Phu.
 The crowd at the parade. 
 Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and current and former leaders offer incense to the martyrs of the Dien Bien Phu battle in Dien Bien province. Photo: VGP
 Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh lays a wreath at Dien Bien Cemetery. Photo: VTV