Former officials, experts and volunteer soldiers are presented with the Lao orders and medals on October 29 (Photo: VNA)

Bac Giang (VNA) – Orders and medals of the State of Laos have been presented to nearly 600 Vietnamese people who used to be officials, experts and volunteer soldiers assisting Laos in its revolution.

The 596 recipients, who are working and living in the northern province of Bac Giang, were honoured on October 29 for their support to Laos between 1945 and 1975.

While 74 of them were presented with the first-class Issara (Freedom) Order, 218 others were awarded the Resistance Order (first class). The France Resistance Medal was granted to 11 people, and the US Resistance Medal went to 293 others.

Vice Chairman of the Bac Giang provincial People’s Committee Lai Thanh Son said the distinctions illustrate the Lao Party and State’s recognition of the Vietnamese officials’ efforts and services in supporting the country’s revolution.

Their contributions helped augment the special friendship, solidarity and all-round cooperation between the two countries, he added.

Meanwhile, an envoy from the Lao Embassy in Vietnam said the presentation of the orders and medals show Laos’s appreciation for the Vietnamese Party, Government and people. The attainments of the former officials, experts and volunteer soldiers are important contributions to Vietnam-Laos relations.-VNA