Park in Cuba Renamed to Honor Ho Chi Minh

The Peace Park in Havana, Cuba has been renamed to 'Ho Chi Minh Park' in honour of the late President of Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh.

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NA Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue delivers a speech in front of the monument to President Ho Chi Minh at the park renaming ceremony on April 20 afternoon (Cuban time). Photo: VNA
NA Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue delivers a speech in front of the monument to President Ho Chi Minh at the park renaming ceremony on April 20 afternoon (Cuban time). Photo: VNA

The National Assembly (NA) Chairman, Vuong Dinh Hue, attended a ceremonious event on the afternoon of April 20 (local time) in the Plaza district of Havana, Cuba, to rename the Peace Park to Ho Chi Minh in honor of the late Vietnamese President. The event also saw a commemorative plaque being attached to the park to record the life and career of the former President, as reported by the Vietnam News Agency (VNA) on Friday.

The event was attended not only by the Vice President of the National Assembly of People’s Power of Cuba, Ana María Mari Machado, but also by officials of Havana City and Plaza District, in addition to a large number of local residents.

Addressing the ceremony, Chairman Hue emphatically highlighted the deep bond between Vietnam and Cuba, citing their shared history, revolutionary ideals, and commitment to national independence, freedom, and liberation. The powerful and unwavering solidarity between the two countries has been firmly established over the years, thanks to the leadership of late Presidents Ho Chi Minh and Fidel Castro, as well as the generations of leaders who followed them.

Cuba proudly celebrates the legacy of President Fidel Castro, whom the Cuban people admire and revere. Vietnam is also proud to honor President Ho Chi Minh, an esteemed leader beloved by the Vietnamese and respected worldwide. The Peace Park in Quang Tri houses a monument to the late President Ho Chi Minh, designed by architect Joel Diaz, Vice Chairman of the Cuba-Vietnam Friendship Association. This monument serves as a testament to the Cuban people’s deep admiration and respect for the late leader of Vietnam.

NA Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue and officials besides the nameplate of the Ho Chi Minh Park in Havana. Photo: VNA
NA Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue and officials besides the nameplate of the Ho Chi Minh Park in Havana. Photo: VNA

He viewed the renaming of the park as a landmark symbol of the special bond between Vietnam and Cuba, expressing his sincere gratitude for the Cuban people’s feelings.

The Chairman also expressed his desire that the local government and citizens of Plaza district in Havana would remain steadfast in their efforts to preserve the park, so that it can serve as a perennial symbol in the hearts of both Cuban and Vietnamese people.

For his part, Havana Governor Reinaldo García Zapata proudly declared that his city is honored to have a park named after the esteemed President Ho Chi Minh. This great leader, along with Hero José Martí and Cuba’s leader Fidel Castro, laid the groundwork for the exemplary, faithful, and incomparable solidarity between the two countries.

He added that on May 19 of this year, Cuba will be hosting activities at the Ho Chi Minh Park to commemorate Hero José Martí and celebrate the birth anniversary of the late Vietnamese leader.

The event saw the presence of visiting Vietnamese National Assembly (NA) Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue and President of the National Assembly of the People’s Power of Cuba Esteban Lazo Hernández.
The event saw the presence of visiting Vietnamese National Assembly (NA) Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue and President of the National Assembly of the People’s Power of Cuba Esteban Lazo Hernández.

A spectacular cultural event that highlighted the historic milestones of the Vietnam-Cuba relationship was held in Havana on the evening of April 20. The program showcased the strong bond between the two nations and celebrated the progress made over the years.

The Vietnamese Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the Cuban Ministry of Culture have organized an event, along with relevant agencies.

The same day, Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue and President of the National Assembly of People’s Power of Cuba Esteban Lazo Hernandez cut the ribbon to inaugurate the Suchel-TBV laundry detergent factory and solar park of Vietnam’s Thai Binh Investment and Trading Corporation at Mariel Special Development Zone in Artemisa province.

Hannah Nguyen