So I'll give you a little photographic tour of the city as people here celebrate their country's independence. It was a very easy day to be a photographer. The red flags were hanging from every house, business and office. The hems (alleys) were so picturesque I could have snapped every one in the city and made a postcard from each. I'll start with a few pics from my own hem. In this picture I love the contrast of the stained concrete walls of the house and bamboo blinds with the ferocious colors of the Vietnamese flag.
This is the view down my hem, again with the red and yellow brightening up the scene.
Now we head out of my little enclave,which is truely representative of the rest of the city, and we head into the heart of District One. First we visit the Reunification Palace. The gates you see are the very same that were smashed down by tanks in 1975 as the last of the American military left Vietnam by helicopter. The banner, I am told, reads "Happy Independence Day to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam". Corrections on that translation are welcome!
Here is one of many similar posters around the city. It reads "61 years, Independence, Freedom, Happiness".
Next, the city opera house, in the middle of Dong Khoi Street, outside the Caravelle Hotel. The opera house is always the venue for open air celebrations come any kind of occasion in HCMC. Here you can see the decorations adorning the building, including the billboard of Uncle Ho waving in the direction of Le Loi.
Here we are with our backs to the opera house heading down onto Le Loi. Again, the banner reads "Happy Independence Day - To the August Revolution and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam".
Last but not least, one more flag shot from a D1 courtyard.