Hanoi first flag salute ceremony was held on October 10, 1954 when the city had been liberated from the French. The day has become a historical milestone for the capital.
Preparations made at Cot Co Stadium for the ceremony
The car transporting Major General Vuong Thua Vu, Politico-military Committee Chairman, going to the area where the ceremony was organised
International delegates invited to attend the ceremony
Doctor Tran Duy Hung at Cot Co Stadium to wait for the flag hoisting ceremony
The ceremony started at 3 pm on October 10, 1954
Major General Vuong Thua Vu read a message from President Ho Chi Minh sent to the people of Hanoi.
On October 9, 1954, the French troops held a ceremony to lower their flag at Cot Co Stadium.