On 2 September 1945, approximately 500,000 people gathered in Ba Đình Square to hear and announce the creation of the read the Vietnamese Declaration of Independence (DRV) government. His words mimicked the American Declaration of Independence and also made a brief nod to the credo of liberty, equality and fraternity found in the French Constitution, some say in an attempt to reconcile with future allies and past enemies: “All people are created equal. They are endowed by the Creator with certain unalienable Rights; among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”
No sooner had 
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 Ba Đình Square, named after the Ba Đình Uprising, is in the center of Ba Đình District of . When Ho Chi Minh died, the granite Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum was built here to display his embalmed body. It remains a major site of tourism and pilgrimage.
 Lt. Col. A. Peter Dewey killed in .