A number of projects were inaugurated at two huge martyr cemeteries in the former fiercest battlefield province of Quang Tri on July 13, to mark the War Invalids and Fallen Soldiers’ Day (July 27).

One of these projects was a shrine to unknown soldiers whose remains were repatriated from neighbouring Laos at the Duong Chin (Lane No.9) cemetery. The cemetery is the resting place for over 10,000 soldiers who were killed at the Duong Chin battlefield and on Lao soil during the anti-US war. The facility, built in 1995, was named after a road that was a strategic transport artery connecting the Vietnam-Laos borderline with Dong Ha, in Quang Tri province, during the war.

The shrine to martyrs at another cemetery, the Truong Son Martyrs’ Cemetery, the largest of its kind in Vietnam , was renovated, including the reconstruction of its main gate and fences.

The cemetery buried 10,333 sets of remains collected from the battlefields along the Truong Son mountain range, commonly known as Ho Chi Minh lane.

The upgrade in the two cemeteries cost 2 billion VND (100,000 USD) in total with funding covered by the Bank of Industry and Development of Vietnam (BIDV).

Following the inauguration ceremony, a prayer for martyrs was held at the Truong Son cemetery. Earlier, the site witnessed the inauguration of a monument to “Military uniformed performers in frontiers”. The funding was raised by veteran members of a military artistic troupe from the former Tri Thien Hue-Military Zone No. 4./.