Vietnam commemorates Ho Chi Minh

The highest leaders of Vietnam gathered to honour Ho Chi Minh.

Updated: May 20, 2011, 16:35 PM IST

Hanoi: Vietnam has commemorated the 121st birth anniversary of Ho Chi Minh, the enlightened.

The highest leaders of the country gathered on Wednesday at the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum to honour the late leader, a pilgrimage that attracts thousands of visitors every day to the centrally located Ba Dinh Square.

The general secretary of the Communist Party and president of the National Assembly, Nguyen Phu Trong, and Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung paid their respects, followed by other high authorities.

The Partisan Committee and the Ho Chi Minh City municipal committee of People`s Power organised an event to promote tree-planting, an idea started decades ago by the leader.

Incense and flowers abounded at the historical and cultural site Kim Lien, in the central province of Nghe, where Ho Chi Minh was born on May 19, 1890.

Ho Chi Minh died on September 02, 1969, and since then, his body lays embalmed as a tribute of the people to his leadership and moral example, now promoted throughout the country to face the development challenges and the openness to the world.