The Military Zone 7 High Command presents merit certificates to collectives and individuals with outstanding achievements in the search for and repatriation of martyrs’ remains (Photo: VNA)

HCM City (VNA) – The Steering Committee on Search and Repatriation of Remains of Fallen Soldiers (Steering Committee 515) of Military Zone 7 reburied 580 remains of martyrs during the 2016-2018 period, heard a conference in Ho Chi Minh City on November 29.

Major General Tran Huu Tai, Vice Chairman of the Political Department of Military Zone 7 and standing member of the Steering Committee 515, reported that in the 2016-2018 dry seasons, the zone’s competent forces repatriated 743 remains of Vietnamese soldiers who died in Cambodia during wars.

During the first phase of the 2018-2019 dry season, 110 remains of Vietnamese martyrs in the neighbouring country were brought home, he said.

Major General Nguyen Minh Hoang, Vice Political Commissar of Military Zone 7 and head of the Steering Committee 515, stressed that the search and repatriation of martyrs is the political task of the entire Party, army and people.

He asked units and localities in Military Zone 7 to complete profiles of martyrs, make search and repatriation maps, and contact with domestic and foreign war veterans who used to fight in the localities to ask for information about martyrs.

Colonel Nguyen Xuan Yem, Deputy Chief of the Department of Policies under the Ministry of National Defence, applauded achievements in the search and repatriation of martyrs performed by units and localities in Military Zone 7.

He urged the Steering Committee 515 to pay special attention to the information work and improve the efficiency of the search and repatriation.

In the 2019-2020 period, the committee together with units and localities in Military Zone 7 are expected to search for and repatriate 2,390 remains of martyrs, and instruct competent forces to bring home 748 remains of Vietnamese martyrs in Cambodia.

On this occasion, the Military Zone 7 High Command presented certificates of merit to 33 collectives and 64 individuals with outstanding performance in the work in 2016-2018.-VNA