Remembrance Day in Vietnam Date in the current year: July 27, 2016

Remembrance Day in Vietnam July 27 is Remembrance Day in Vietnam, also know as Martyrs and Wounded Soldiers Day or Vietnamese War Invalids and Martyrs’ Day. This memorial day honors those who died in service or were injured during the Vietnam War and other military engagements within Vietnam and abroad.

The Vietnam War, also known as the Second Indochina War, lasted for almost twenty years. It officially began on November 1, 1955 and ended with the fall of Saigon on April 30, 1975. Both North and South Vietnam suffered considerable casualties and losses. Deaths in the war are estimated at between 860,000 and 1.9 million people (including both military and civilian deaths in North and South Vietnam).

Remembrance Day was established to commemorate the people who were killed or wounded in the Vietnam War or other engagements that involved Vietnamese military. They include the Anti-Japanese campaign of WWII, the First Indochina War, the Cambodian-Vietnamese War, border conflicts with China and Thailand, insurgency in Laos, clashes with the Khmer insurgent groups etc.

Remembrance Day is marked with solemn wreath-laying ceremonies at military cemeteries and war memorials throughout the country. Vietnam War veterans and invalids are paid homage on the occasion.

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