A national flagpole facing Hoang Sa (Spratly) Archipelago was inaugurated in Ly Son island district in the central province of Quang Nam during a ceremony on December 16.

The 20m flagpole was built at a cost of 850 million VND raised by the Vietnamese Student Association (VSA) and the Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam.

Addressing the ceremony, Deputy Secretary of the Quang Ngai Youth Union Central Committee Nguyen Hoang Hiep said the flagpole not only contributes to confirming national sea sovereignty, but also helps educate youngsters on their engagement in protecting the nation’s sea and islands.

On the occasion, the Vietnamese Student Development Fund also presented a computer to the provincial Youth Union and 10 scholarships valued at one million VND each to poor students in the district.

The Hanoi Youth Union Central Committee also granted a 200 million VND power facility to Ly Son district.

As many as 158 national flags have also been sent to the Ly Son Youth Union, which is in charge of taking care of the flagpole.-VNA