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%HESITATION fanfare marking forty years since the fall of saigon liberation day as it's known here in vietnam it was on this day in nineteen seventy five when communist forces from the north officially won the bloody war against south vietnam in the united states for the communist government it's an important time to remind people what happened especially now that most of the country is too young to remember nnnnn nnnnn nnnnn , nnnnn , nnnnn nnnnn , early in the morning , more than , he is very very high , to get into the , sort of the city , we were north vietnamese to , famously , crash through the gates of the presidential palace is the country's commercial capital all around the city huge signs mark the april thirty celebrations onlookers and officials had been busted from other districts soldiers and workers also taking part but outside the barricades it's a city in silence , today the country's old guard is keen to show a sense of strength in history especially in the face of growing concerns over china's rise an island disputes in the south china sea , despite the celebrations stirring memories of the past , it's hard to ignore the changes that are shaping modern vietnam , forty years ago the u. s. as part of a war that divided the nation by north and south , today it's vietnam's biggest trade partner and a growing ally in the region fighting to keep the balance of power from tipping too far towards beijing