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HCMC to ring bells, sound ship horns in tribute to Covid victims

By Huu Cong   November 12, 2021 | 05:45 pm PT
HCMC to ring bells, sound ship horns in tribute to Covid victims
Soldiers bring the ashes of those who died of Covid-19 back to their families in the Mekong Delta. Photo by VnExpress/Dinh Van
HCMC churches and pagodas will ring their bells and ships sound horns at 7:30 p.m. Friday next week to commemorate Covid-19 deaths.

A requiem for those who died from Covid-19 would begin at the same time at the Independence Palace, according to a document signed by deputy chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Vo Van Hoan.

The ceremony, organized by the Central Committee of the Vietnamese Fatherland Front and the HCMC Party Committee, aims to share the pain and loss suffered by tens of thousands of families who have lost their loved ones to the pandemic.

Around 1,000 officials would participate in the ceremony, along with family members of those who died. The municipal Department of Transport has been requested to inform ships and vessels anchored at ports to sound their horns during the ceremony.

Religious institutions in the city would be encouraged to perform the ceremony and ring their bells in tribute.

News organizations will also marke their tribute by printing their front pages black and white.

HCMC, epicenter of the fourth coronavirus wave, has recorded over 17,000 Covid-19 deaths so far.

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