Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong sent a wreath to the ceremony in memory of COVID-19 victims.
The event saw the attendance of Politburo members: Permanent member of the Party Central Committee (PCC)'s Secretariat Vo Van Thuong, Standing Vice Chairman of the National Assembly Tran Thanh Man, Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh City's Party Committee Nguyen Van Nen, PCC Secretary and Chairman of the VFF's Central Committee Do Van Chien; members of the PCC: Vice President Vo Thi Anh Xuan, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam along with former leaders of the Party and State.
From Hanoi, Politburo member, Secretary of the municipal Party Committee and Head of the National Assembly deputies' delegation of Hanoi Dinh Tien Dung, PCC Secretary and Head of the PCC's Mass Mobilization Commission Bui Thi Minh Hoai attended the ceremony.
Joining Dung and Hoai were PCC member and Permanent Deputy Secretary of the municipal Party Committee Nguyen Thi Tuyen, Deputy Secretary of the municipal Party Committee and Chairman of the municipal People Committee Chu Ngoc Anh, Deputy Secretary of the municipal Party Committee and Chairman of the municipal People's Council Nguyen Ngoc Tuan, and Chairwoman of the VFF's municipal committee Nguyen Lan Huong.
Representatives of religious organizations, frontline forces participating in epidemic prevention and control, and of cadres and soldiers who died of COVID-19 were also in attendance.
According to the organizers, the event aims to express sympathy to bereaved families over their pain and loss, and remind people of their responsibility in the pandemic combat.
Vietnam’s COVID-19 death toll exceeded 23,500 as of November 19, of which more than 17,200 were recorded in HCM City.
At 8:30pm, the memorial ritual began. In HCM City, which was the epicenter of the fourth resurgence of COVID-19, pagodas and churches rang the bell, and candles were lit at public places to commemorate the victims.
At the same moment, in Hanoi, worship places also rang the bell in remembrance of COVID-19 victims. Local residents turned off lights and lit candle in memory of the deceased.
Some images at the memorial ceremony at the Thong Nhat Park in Hanoi: