At the ceremony (Source: http://baothanhhoa.vn)

Thanh Hoa (VNA)
– More than 1,000 former Vietnamese officers and soldiers from the central province of Thanh Hoa were awarded with the Order of the Lao President for their contributions to Laos’ national liberation struggle at a ceremony held in the locality on June 24.

The event showed the solidarity and friendship between the two countries, and the close relations between Thanh Hoa and Laos’s Houaphanh province in particular.

Addressing the event, both Vice Secretary of Thanh Hoa province’s Party Committee Do Trong Hung and Houaphanh’s Governor Vanxay Phengsumma affirmed that the two countries’ Parties, authorities and people and those of the two localities appreciate the sacrifices of Vietnamese officers and soldiers to the national liberation, defence and construction of Laos.

The two localities will continue to work together, towards strengthening their relations, they said.

50 years ago, a young volunteer team named N43 with officers and soldiers from Thanh Hoa province was established. More than 1,600 young men and women from the locality were assigned to serve in Laos.

In recognition of the team’s contributions, the Lao State presented the Freedom Order (Itsala), first class to the unit in 1970.-VNA