The authorities of central Thanh Hoa province on May 12 held a memorial and burial ceremony for the remains of 12 Vietnamese volunteer soldiers and specialists who sacrificed their lives in Lao battlefields during the war.

Ceremony attendees included representatives of the Government’s Special Task Board, the High Command of Military Zone 4 and the Lao province of Huaphan.

The remains were among 161 sets of martyr remains found during searches conducted by the Martyrs Collection Team of the Thanh Hoa Military Command during the 2014-2015 dry season.

Another 13 identified sets of martyr remains have been handed over to the martyrs’ relatives and local authorities to lay them to rest in their homeland.

Nearly 35,000 Vietnamese soldiers died on Lao soil and 60,000 others returned home as war invalids.-VNA