Ceremony grants certificates honouring 498 fallen soldiers hinh anh 1National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan speaks at the event (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – A ceremony was held in Hanoi on July 18 to present certificates honouring the service and contributions of 498 fallen soldiers to their family members.

Addressing the event, National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan said the Party, State and people always bear in mind the great contributions of millions of soldiers and citizens who have sacrificed their lives for national independence and reunification.

She stressed that the Party, State and people demonstrate the gratitude through policies on preferential treatment to those who rendered services to the nation.

However, a large number of revolutionary contributors have yet to be recognised for preferential treatment due to loss of documents, which is a problem of great concern for the Party, State and people, the NA leader said, noting that there are around 30,000 pending cases.

Minister of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs Dao Ngoc Dung said more than nine million people have to date been recognised as revolutionary contributors, including 1.2 million war martyrs, 127,000 heroic mothers and 800,000 war invalids.

Among the 498 martyrs honoured on this occasion, 94 died during the anti-French resistance war more than 70 years ago.-VNA