President Truong Tan Sang attended a ceremony to mark the 40th anniversary of the return of imprisoned revolutionaries from Phu Quoc Island held in Kien Giang province on March 15.

Sang, himself a former Phu Quoc prisoner, recalled memories of the communist prisoners 40 years ago.

He stressed that the prisoners, who were around 20 years old by that time, had demonstrated a strong spirit and were ready to sacrifice themselves for the country.

Sang asked authorities of all levels, organisations and individuals to pay more attention to and continue assisting the former prisoners.

On March 14, Sang visited Phu Quoc Martyrs’ cemetery, which houses the tombs of more than 3,700 martyr heroes nationwide, who sacrificed their lives for the fatherland in the two wars against French colonialists and US imperialists.-VNA