Laos-Vietnam alliance monument unveiled in Xaysomboun

Friday, 2017-11-10 11:16:05
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The inauguration ceremony of the Laos-Vietnam fighting alliance monument
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NDO - A monument dedicated to the fighting alliance between Vietnam and Laos was unveiled on November 9 in the northern Lao province of Xaysomboun.

The inauguration ceremony was attended by Lao Deputy Minister of Defence Vilay Lakhamphong, Xaysomboun Governor Thongloy Silivong, Vietnamese Ambassador Nguyen Ba Hung and representatives of the local government.

The monument is built on a 4,300 sqm wide area which is formerly a cemetery for fallen soldiers of the Vietnamese army’s Division 324 at the cost of VND12 billion (US$528,000) funded entirely by the Vietnamese side.

The structure includes a main 11-metre high monument and a 3.2-metre tall statues of two soldiers in the central section, flanked by two reliefs depicting the alliance of peasants, factory workers and regular soldiers in the struggle for national independence.

Deputy Minister Vilay Lakhamphong stated that the Lao people would always remember the incomparable sacrifice of Vietnamese voluntary soldiers and experts in the struggle against foreign aggressors.

He emphasised that the footprints, sweat and blood of Vietnamese voluntary soldiers and experts have been left on every forest and in every river in Laos.

For his part, Vietnamese Ambassador Nguyen Ba Hung thanked the Lao government and people for creating conducive conditions to build the Vietnam-Laos fighting alliance monument.

He also expressed his profound gratitude towards Vietnamese and Lao fallen soldiers who fought together for the independence and freedom of both nations.

After the inauguration ceremony, the delegates offered incense and laid wreaths at the monument to commemorate fallen heroes and soldiers.