34 years ago today, a steel arm rammed down the gates of the Reunification Palace, NVA soldiers rushed inside to fly the victory flag from the building, and that was the end of South Vietnam. All of Vietnam was reunified after the fall of Saigon, and today the country celebrates the Liberation Day holiday.

The party’s leading members yesterday held a long ceremony reminding their people of all their country’s achievements in the last 20 years, as well as asking them to remember their great leader, Ho Chi Minh, and the soldiers and other people who made the ultimate sacrifice for the re-unification of Vietnam.

Today, the whole nation sits back and remembers all that was given for reunification on their own terms, and to keep optimistic hopes for the future of their country and its people following all that has been given.