Viengxay extends warm invitation for liberation command centre 50th anniversary celebrations

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Scenic Viengxay district is rolling out the welcome mat for the thousands of visitors expected for celebrations from November 28-30 marking the 50th anniversary of the liberation forces command centre.
While Viengxay is small, the aesthetically pleasing district looms large in the hearts of Lao people with its many interesting places of note, especially the memorials to and the caves inhabited by former wartime leaders where visitors can learn about the history of the revolution.
Viengxay is hosting various activities to mark the 50th anniversary of the district’s liberation forces command centre, culminating in a big event on November 30 in the main stadium.

An aerial view of picturesque Viengxay.

During the event, authorities will commemorate the crucial role played by the command centre and its revolutionary leadership at the time, and recount the story of the role played by the Lao people in the revolution, and the fighting and sacrifices made on the road to eventual liberation.
It also aims to promote solidarity among Laos’ many ethnic groups and highlight their ancient traditions as well as current socio-economic progress so that today’s generations will be encouraged to contribute to the nation’s protection and development.
More than 10,000 visitors are expected to attend the celebrations with the main ceremony next Friday featuring over 20 groups of more than 5,000 people representing villages and organisations, along with 600 student performers.
Vice Governor of Huaphan province and head of the organising committee, Mr Phouxon Thammavixay, said the committee had worked hard to prepare for the event and everything was ready.
“To ensure this important celebration goes to plan, the provincial administration formed an organising committee to direct preparations and work in cooperation with central committees.”
“This is a huge event because it’s the 50th anniversary and a national level celebration involving many activities and participants. We celebrated the 40th anniversary in 2008 but that was only at the provincial level.”
“Viengxay district has a proud history as it was established during the revolution and was instrumental in liberation, party building, and the founding of various strategic organisations. In addition, it has an abundance of tourist attractions. Those who join us for the celebrations next week can learn about the origins of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party and the country’s leadership,” Mr Phouxon added.
The Governor of Viengxay district and organising committee member, Mr Aengsone Nammaninin, said they wanted to make sure the event was safe and enjoyable for all those attending, and local residents were urged to warmly welcome visitors. 
“Many roads have been improved and other infrastructure improvements will be finished by November 28. Everyone has cleaned and decorated their homes and around the town and many people are hosting visitors. There will be lots of activities including performances, product fairs and exhibitions, a vehicle caravan, meetings and lectures, and it will all be meaningful and very colourful.”
“As the governor of Viengxay district and on behalf of all officials and residents I would like to invite everyone to join us in celebrating this important event,” Mr Aengsone added.
Viengxay district in north-eastern Huaphan province can be accessed by bus from Vientiane or Luang Prabang and Xieng Khuang provinces and also from Son La province in Vietnam to the provincial capital Xamneua, followed by another bus or car to the town of Viengxay.
Viengxay district has numerous restaurants serving food and drinks at reasonable prices. There will also be a local food exhibition at the event making it easy to find something to eat.
However, the district is small and can accommodate only about 150 visitors in hotels so homestays have been arranged for the large numbers of people expected. Visitors can also bring their own tents, or stay in the provincial capital Xamneua or in neighbouring districts.

 

By Visith Teppalath
(Latest Update November 24, 2018)

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