On May 19, the Vietnamese Embassy staff in Russia joined with theVietnamese community to lay a wreath at a memorial dedicated to belovedPresident Ho Chi Minh in Moscow.
Earlier on May 18, a similar event took place at Saint Petersburg State University.
Meanwhilein France, the embassy staff and overseas Vietnamese (OVs) offeredincenses at Villa Compointe 9 in Paris, where the President livedand worked in 1921-1923, and laid a wreath at his monument in Montreaupark. They visited Ho Chi Minh Space at the Museum of Living Historyin Montreuil city, where a photo exhibition entitled “Indochina –France – Vietnam” are running from May 15 until July 14.
In afternoon the same day, overseas Vietnamese met at a get-together to review Uncle Ho’s years in the country.
An art exhibition to introduce Vietnam’s rich arts and a music show were also held at the Vietnam Cultural Centre.
At Newhaven town in Sussex , south of England, a stone stelemarking 100 years since the President first came to the UK made itsdebut.
On the occasion, the Vietnamese Ambassadorto the UK Vu Quang Minh handed over a 120kg-bronze statue of Ho ChiMinh, a gift of the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum Management Board, toNewhaven Museum.
The same day on May 19, theVietnamese Embassy in Malaysia hosted a ceremony to mark Uncle Ho’sbirthday and 60 years since the traditional national patriotic emulationday (June 11) was launched.
The Vietnamese students, embassy staff and those from Vietnamese representative offices engaged in exchange activities.
A flower-offering ceremony also took place at the President Ho ChiMinh memorial in the Asia civilisation museum in Singapore.
The black marble memorial was inaugurated in May, 2008 on the occasionof his 118th birthday and the 35th anniversary of the Vietnam –Singapore diplomatic ties.
A ceremony to mark Uncle Ho’s birthday was also held in Ratnapura city, Sri Lanka on May 18.
Addressing the event, Sri Lankan Minister of Technology and ResearchTissa Vitharana expressed his admiration for the late President,affirming that he not only brought independence and freedom to theVietnamese people, but exerted a widespread influence on nationalliberation movements around the world.
A string of music performances got underway at the event.
As scheduled, construction on the Ho Chi Minh Monument will begin inJuly in the capital city of Colombo and conclude later this year.-VNA