War veterans visits social welfare families (Photo: VNA)
Ha Giang (VNA) – Construction work started in Vi Xuyen district, the northernmost province of Ha Giang, on April 2 on a commemorative house for the soldiers who died while defending the country’s northern border from 1978 to 1988.

The ground-breaking ceremony was attended by representatives from the war veterans association of the Office of the Party Central Committee, the Ministry of Information and Communications, the Central Economic Committee, the Vietnam News Agency, and the Ministry of Planning and Investment.

Earlier, the association officials visited and presented gifts to families of social welfare policies in Ha Giang.

Chairman of the association Ngo Van Minh granted gift packages each worth 5 million VND (225 USD) to two locals in Thuan Hoa commune, Vi Xuyen districts, who were exposed to toxic chemicals during the US war in Vietnam.

The war veterans also visited the Vi Xuyen martyrs’ cemetery where more than 1,700 soldiers laid down their lives to defend the northernmost frontier of the country from 1978 to 1988.

They laid wreaths and offered incense to commemorate the deceased.

The ex-servicemen later visited the battlefield at Thanh Thuy national border gate, soldiers at Ha Giang border guard high command, and Tan Trao historical relic site in Tuyen Quang province.-VNA