The Party and State have always remembered the great service that officers and soldiers rendered to the nation during wars of resistance, President Truong Tan Sang has affirmed.

He received in Hanoi on July 14 80 war veterans of Division 356, which played a key role in protecting the northern border in Thanh Thuy commune, Vi Xuyen district, Ha Giang province, in the 1984-1988 period.

The division’s soldiers had displayed their courage to safeguard the nation’s sacred sovereignty, President Sang emphasised.

He asked ministries, agencies and localities to carry out policies towards soldiers fighting in the northern fight, collect remains of their fallen peers who are still in battlefields, and build a memorial, especially that dedicated to those of Division 356.

Established in Tan Ky district, central Nghe An province, in 1974, Division 356 was initially tasked with combat training and defence-purposed production.

Between 1984 and 1988, the division was selected as a key unit in the Vi Xuyen battlefield. During the fierce struggle, it made many feats of arms, contributing to maintaining the national border sovereignty.

The division was dispersed in 1989 after accomplishing its tasks.-VNA