Monday, March 27, 2023

Overseas Vietnamese in Laos holds requiem for fallen soldiers


A ceremony was held at Phat Tich pagoda in Vientiane on March 14 to commemorate the 64 martyrs who laid down their lives defending Gac Ma (Johnson South) Reef in Vietnam’s Truong Sa (Spratly) in 1988.

The event was attended by former Vice President Truong My Hoa, Vietnamese Ambassador to Laos, Buddhist monks and followers, the Vietnamese community and a large number of overseas Vietnamese students living and studying there.

Speaking at the ceremony, former Vice President Truong My Hoa highly appreciated the sacrifice by the martyrs and called on younger generations to always remember what the martyrs have done for them.

Venerable Thich Minh Quang, Head of the Coordinating Committee of Vietnamese Buddhism in Laos, said the youngsters should uphold the tradition of firmly defending the Fatherland.

The ceremony was also an occasion for overseas Vietnamese there to unite together and look towards the homeland.

On March 14, 1988, the 64 naval soldiers of Vietnam fell down while standing in a circle defending the national flag planted on the Gac Ma Reef and affirming the country’s sea and island sovereignty./.



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