Vietnam celebrates 35th anniversary of end of war

Vietnam marked the 35th anniversary of the end of its war Friday with a dramatic re-enactment of the day tanks smashed through the gates of the former Presidential Palace and ousted the US-backed government.

A crowd of 50,000, many waving red and gold communist flags, lined the parade route, which was adorned with a massive poster of Ho Chi Minh, the father of Vietnam's revolution.

Friday's celebration featured patriotic songs, some of them put to a pulsing disco beat. And in the day's re-enactment of the war's end, everyone in the former Saigon greeted the troops with jubilation.

Most of those in attendance were war veterans, party cadres and others selected by local communist organizations. The area was sealed off from ordinary citizens due to security concerns and police carefully monitored the foreign media in attendance.

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