A commemoration ceremony and burial service for the soldiers was held at the Martyrs’ Cemetery in Vinh Hung district, Long An province (Photo: VNA)
Long An (VNA) – The Mekong Delta province of Long An on July 27 held a ceremony to repatriate the remains of 20 Vietnamese voluntary soldiers who laid down their lives in Cambodia at different periods.

The sets of remains were uncovered and brought back from Cambodia’s Svay Rieng province by Group K73 under the Long An Military Headquarters in the 2015-2016 dry season, with the support of Cambodia.

A commemoration ceremony and burial service for the soldiers was also held at the Martyrs’ Cemetery in Vinh Hung district, with the attendance of leaders of Svay Rieng province, the Steering Committee of the Southwestern Region, the Military Zone 7 Headquarters, and Long An province, as well as a large number of locals.

Since 2011, Group K73 has search for and repatriated 2,058 sets of remains of Vietnamese voluntary soldiers from Cambodia to lay to rest in Long An.

The same day, the Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang also held a burial service in Hon Dat district for the remains of 49 Vietnamese voluntary soldiers and experts who died in Cambodia as well as two martyrs who laid down their lives during the Southwestern border war.

Among the martyrs, the name of only one has been verified.

Speaking at the ceremony, Mai Van Huynh, Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee and head of the Kien Giang’s committee for martyr’s remains repatriation, conveyed thankfulness to the martyrs for their sacrifice for national independence and freedom.

Since 2011, K92 Group of Kien Giang has searched for and brought home nearly 1,900 sets of Vietnamese voluntary soldiers and experts’ remains.

Meanwhile, a solemn ceremony was held in Tam Nong Martyrs’ Cemetery in the Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap to commemorate and re-bury the remains of 63 Vietnamese voluntary soldiers who died in Cambodia and 24 martyrs who fell down in Vietnam.-VNA