Hien Luong Bridge is 178 m long but it took 21 years for Vietnamese people from the north and the south to be united. The bridge is witness to the Vietnamese people’s fierce but glorious struggle and a reflection of their desire for and belief in victory. During the war, Quang Tri was the most devastated by thousands of tons of bombs and shells. In peace time, the whole country joins in the effort to assist the province’s development.
The 1st National Reunification Festival was held at Hien Luong-Ben Hai Historical Relic in 2005 to mark the occasion of the 30th anniversary of southern liberation and national reunification. This year, the festival will be held from April 28 to 30 featuring a variety of activities. Nguyen Duc Chinh is Chairman of the Quang Tri Provincial People’s Committee: “After 1975, the bridge became a bridge of reunification. It took more than 20 years with many people sacrificing their lives to cross the bridge and connect the two parts of the country. This festival is part of the national program on recalling memories of the war. The festival is a place for people from the two parts of Vietnam to express their nostalgia and their desire for reunification and independence. Hien Luong Bridge and Ben Hai River inspire special feelings among the Vietnamese people”.