Incense offering event commemorates heroic martyrs abroad

Sunday, 2017-07-23 21:57:39
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Vietnamese Embassy and Vietnamese people in Laos offer incense to heroic martyrs at the Laos-Vietnam Fighting Alliance monument in Vientiane province on July 23. (Credit: NDO)
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NDO/VNA – The Vietnamese Embassy and Vietnamese people in Laos offered incense in remembrance of heroic martyrs at the Laos-Vietnam Fighting Alliance monument in Keun village of Thoulakhom district, Vientiane province, Laos, on July 23.

The activity took place ahead of the 70th anniversary of the Wounded and Fallen Soldiers’ Day of Vietnam (July 27, 1947).

The event was attended by representatives of the Vietnamese Embassy, the associations of Vietnamese people in Laos, the Association of Vietnamese Investors in Laos, the Vientiane provincial administration, and the Lao War Veterans’ Association.

Addressing the ceremony, Vietnamese Ambassador Nguyen Ba Hung said that the two countries are celebrating 55 years since the establishment of their diplomatic ties and 40 years since the signing of the Vietnam-Laos Treaty of Amity and Cooperation.

Countless Vietnamese and Lao soldiers laid down their lives for the countries’ peace, independence and special relationship, he said, adding that those enormous sacrifices nurtured peace and aspirations and created the close-knit solidarity that exists between the two countries.

He pledged that younger generations of both nations will make all-out efforts to promote that special relationship and develop their respective countries.

Located about 70km to the north of the capital city, Vientiane, the Laos-Vietnam Fighting Alliance monument in Keun village was built by the Lao War Veterans’ Association and the Vietnamese community in the country. It aims to commemorate 28 soldiers of the Laos-Vietnam Fighting Alliance who died while protecting the capital of Vientiane in early 1946.

* Earlier on July 21, the Vietnamese Embassy in Ukraine also marked 70 years of the Wounded and Fallen Soldiers’ Day with a celebration held at the Concert Hall in Odessa city.

The ceremony was attended by the relatives of Vietnamese martyrs and war invalids, Ukrainian veterans who used to work in Vietnam and representatives of the Vietnamese people from across Ukraine.

In his speech, Ambassador Nguyen Minh Tri expressed his deep gratitude to war veterans, the martyrs’ families and revolutionary contributors.

He also expressed his appreciation for the activities of the Vietnamese community in Ukraine to care for policy beneficiaries and revolutionary contributors.

At the event, representatives of the Vietnamese associations in Ukraine, Ukrainian veterans, and young Vietnamese people also showed their gratefulness to the individuals dedicating their lives to the homeland’s independence.

They promised great efforts deserving of the heroes and martyrs’ great sacrifices and to strengthen the traditional friendship and cooperation between Vietnam and Ukraine.