At the event (Source: VNA)
 
Vientiane (VNA) – A requiem to commemorate Vietnamese soldiers who laid down their lives to defend national sovereignty was held in Phat Tich Lao pagoda in Vientiane capital, Laos on March 25.

The event was chaired by Venerable Thich Minh Quang – head of Phat Tich Lao pagoda, attracting Buddhist dignitaries and followers, along with overseas Vietnamese (OVs) in Vientiane.

Venerable Thich Minh Quang said the requiem paid tribute to Vietnamese martyrs, including 64 soldiers killed while protecting Gac Ma (Johnson South) Reef in Vietnam’s Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago on March 14, 1988.

It also reminds young people of Vietnam’s sovereignty over Hoang Sa (Paracels) and Truong Sa archipelagos, Quang added, calling on OVs in Laos to strengthen solidarity for national development. - VNA