Gac Ma memorial site (Photo: VNA)
Phu Yen (VNA) – More than 300 war veterans who once fought to protect Vietnam’s Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago attended a get-together in Dong Hoa district, in the central coastal province of Phu Yen, on March 14.

The function, the 10th of its kind in Phu Yen, aims to commemorate the Gac Ma naval battle in Truong Sa islands on March 14, 1988.

The ex-servicemen exchanged stories about the fight to safeguard national sea and island sovereignty.

The Truong Sa Soldiers Liaison Committee, which organised the event, presented gifts to veterans and the family of a fallen soldier who are facing difficulties in life.

A memorial site dedicated to fallen Gac Ma soldiers has been under construction in the south central coastal province of Khanh Hoa since March 2015. The first phase of the project is scheduled to be completed in March 2017.

The building funds were sourced from donations by trade unions and employees nationwide to the Vietnam General Confederation of Labour “Love for Hoang Sa-Truong Sa” programme.-VNA