The Hoang Sa soldier memorial site's design (Source: Tuoi Tre)
Quang Ngai (VNA) – A foundation stone-laying ceremony for a memorial monument of Hoang Sa soldiers took place in the island district of Ly Son, central Quang Ngai province, on January 17.

The memorial site is dedicated to soldiers who laid down their lives to protect the Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago.

Covering an area of between 1.5 and 2 hectares on Thoi Loi mountain, the site is estimated to have a total investment of between 70 billion VND (3.1 million USD) and 100 billion VND (4.5 million USD), contributed by people and members of the Vietnam General Confederation of Labour (VGCL) nationwide 

Speaking at the ceremony, VGCL President Dang Ngoc Tung stressed that once completed the site will become a historical and cultural relic of national importance. 

He called on people nationwide to support the construction of the memorial site by sending a text of “HS” to switchboard 1407 to make a 20,000 VND (90 cent USD) donation.

On the occasion, the VGCL provided financial assistance for fishermen who were in distress at sea, while Chief Judge of the Supreme People's Court Truong Hoa Binh presented bikes and scholarships to 50 disadvantaged students and 200 million VND to the armed forces working on Ly Son. 

Also, 14 billion VND was donated to the Tam Long Vang (Golden Heart) Fund from units and enterprises across the country.-VNA