The first phase of upgrade at the Road 9 National Martyrs Cemetery was inaugurated at a ceremony in Dong Ha city, Quang Tri central province, on July 22 to mark 65 years of the War Invalids and Fallen Soldiers’ Day (July 27).

At the ceremony, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Van Ninh said that the Vietnamese Party, State, and People are forever grateful to the heroes, fallen soldiers and war invalids who sacrificed themselves for the national liberation.

The upgrade of the cemetery is a practical action to express the nation’s gratitude, he said.

The Road 9 National Martyrs Cemetery is the resting place of over 10,000 soldiers, most of whom were killed during fierce battles along Road 9 and on Lao soil.

The first phase of upgrade was done at a cost of over 40 billion VND, donated by the financial sector’s staff nationwide.-VNA