Vietnamese leaders and youngsters are continuing their activities to pay tribute to fallen war heroes in the lead up to the 66 th War Invalids and Martyrs Day, which falls on July 27.

A requiem for heroic martyrs who laid down their lives in the south took place in Ho Chi Minh City’s outlying district of Cu Chi on July 26 as part of activities to mark the anniversary.

Present at the event were Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan, Minister of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs Pham Thi Hai Chuyen, representatives of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha, and nearly 200 overseas Vietnamese (OV) students from the 2013 Vietnam Summer Camp.

Addressing the event, Deputy Foreign Minister cum head of the Foreign Ministry’s State Committee for Overseas Vietnamese Affairs Nguyen Thanh Son said the event is a tribute that the Party, State and people give to those who rendered their services to the nation.

It is also a chance for Vietnamese expatriates to learn about the glorious national history and express their gratitude to fallen soldiers.

As part of the Vietnam Summer Camp programme, young OVs on July 25 and 26 offered incense at the President Ho Chi Minh monument and a historical-cultural site dedicated to Hung Kings in district 9 of the city, toured Reunification Palace and Cu Chi tunnel, and met with their local peers.

Later the same day, Deputy PM Nhan also visited families of war invalids and martyrs in the capital city.
Meanwhile, Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan offered incense at Dong Loc intersection relic site in the central province of Ha Tinh.

On the day, the staff of the Vietnam News Agency posted in various localities, visited war martyrs’ cemeteries, as well as families of war fallen combatants.

The agency lost 260 reporters and technicians to the wars.-VNA