A contest was launched in Ho Chi Minh City on July 25 for the best design for a memorial park dedicated to officers and soldiers who perished in a battle on March 14, 1988 to defend national sovereignty of Gac Ma island in Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago.

The contest is co-organised by the Vietnam General Confederation of Labour (VGCL), the Ministry of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs and the Central Committee of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union.

The park will be constructed in Nha Trang City in the central province of Khanh Hoa.

Addressing the contest launching ceremony, VGCL President Dang Ngoc Tung said the best design must demonstrate the brave sacrifice and the unyielding spirit of the Gac Ma heroes.

The contest is open to all domestic organisations and individuals including overseas Vietnamese. Contestants should register by August 25, while entries should be sent between August 1 and October 31 this year.

The result will be announced in early November.-VNA