A portrait of General Vo Nguyen Giap in 1986. PHOTOS: AFP, VIETNAM NEWS AGENCY
A national funeral will be held this weekend for legendary military strategist General Vo Nguyen Giap, who died Friday at the age of 102.
A two-day mourning period will begin at noon Friday.
His body will lie in state at the national funeral house in Hanoi's Tran Thanh Tong Street, and visitors will be allowed to pay their last respects from 7:30 a.m. Saturday.
A memorial service will be organized at the funeral house at 7 a.m. Sunday.
People can also pay their respects at the people's committee office in the north-central province of Quang Binh, his hometown, and the Reunification Palace in Ho Chi Minh City.
He will be buried Sunday in Quang Binh in accordance with his and his family's wishes.
A funeral committee comprising 30 leaders including Nguyen Phu Trong, the general secretary of the Communist Party, President Truong Tan Sang, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, and National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung has been established.
Vietnam Television and Voice of Vietnam will broadcast his memorial service and burial ceremony.
National flags will be flown at half-mast and all entertainment activities will be halted during the two days.
People queuing up to pay tribute to late General Vo Nguyen Giap at his house in Hanoi Sunday
A condolence ceremony was also held in his house on Hanoi's Hoang Dieu Street, where visitors were allowed to pay their tributes from 2:30 p.m. last Sunday.
Thanh Nien found thousands of people queuing up for hours to pray at his altar inside the house.
An announcement in front of his house said the bereavement ceremony at his house would end at 6 p.m. Friday.
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