President Triet praises martyrs

The Party, the State and people are deeply grateful to the great sacrifices that martyrs, wounded and sick soldiers and families in serving the cause of the nation’s revolution, President Nguyen Minh Triet said July 22.

President Triet  (L) visits a heroic mother in Hanoi on July 22 (Photo: SGGP)

On the occasion of War Invalids and Martyrs Day, July 27, President Triet visited a center that cares for war invalids in Ung Hoa District, Hanoi and called on people and soldiers in the country to care for wounded and sick soldiers and revolutionary families.

He added that the people try their best to build the country to be more developed and beautiful as Uncle Ho’s desire.

People and soldiers should try their best to protect revolutionary achievements that the nation had paid with blood, he said.

The President praised staff at the center, which has cared for over 11,000 war invalids.

In related news, the Ministry of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs said that the country now has 9,832 communes that provide good care for families of martyrs and war invalids.

Since 1997, provinces have donated nearly VND5 trillion (US$285 million) to such families and war invalids.

The country has over 49,700 Vietnamese heroic mothers, with 4,800 being taken care of by the authorities, charities and individuals.

On the same day, the Ho Chi Minh City Association for Former Volunteer Youth handed over the ashes of 20 volunteers to provinces like Ba Ria-Vung Tau, Dong Nai, Long An, Ben Tre, Ca Mau and Tay Ninh. The volunteers had been killed in the war against America.

The northern province of Thai Nguyen on the same day held an inauguration ceremony of a bell at memorial site, which was built in 1996 to worship about 100 volunteer youth who had been killed in a US air-raid.

The copper bell, weighing 1,860 kilograms, worth VND1 billion ($57,000), was paid for by the Vietnam Bank for Industry and Trade to show the bank’s appreciation to the province’s volunteer youth.

On the sideline of the occasion, many organizations, businesses and individuals presented 17 houses, worth VND30 million each, to former volunteer youth in the province.

By staff writers – Translated by Hai Mien

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