Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (middle)launches the online portal providing information of martyrs and martyrs’ graves (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc offered incense to martyrs at Son Tay cemetery in Son Tay town of Hanoi on July 26 to mark the 71st anniversary of War Invalids and Martyrs Day (July 27).

Youngsters and people nationwide also lit candles and burnt incenses to pay tribute to martyrs at more than 3,000 martyrs’ cemeteries across the country, including those in Ho Chi Minh City, Quang Tri, Ha Giang, Dak Lak and Tay Ninh.

In a ceremony broadcast live on Vietnam National Television, PM Phuc and head of the Party Central Committee’s Commission for Organisation Pham Minh Chinh presented certificates recognising the contributions of 30 martyrs’ families out of the 442 families receiving the certificate on this occasion.

The PM launched the online portal providing information of martyrs and martyrs’ graves at www.thongtinlietsi.gov.vn which was built by the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, the Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Information and Communications.

Addressing the event, the Government leader expressed his deep gratitude towards Vietnamese Heroic Mothers, wounded and sick soldiers, families of martyrs and revolutionary contributors.

He said the devotion and sacrifice by older generations who died for the nation’s revolution will be remembered forever.

Over the past 71 years, the Party, State and society have paid much attention to caring for martyrs’ families, wounded soldiers and revolutionary contributors. However, many martyrs have yet to be recognised, which remains a key task of the Party and State.

“Despite the achievements in the work, we should not stop but must exert more efforts to care for revolutionary contributors and their families,” stated the PM.

So far, data on nearly 850,000 martyrs’ graves, or 95.6 percent of the total graves at more than 3,000 cemeteries across the country has been gathered and put online, making it easier for martyrs’ families to find the graves.

Currently, about 200,000 martyrs’ remains have yet been laid to rest in cemeteries, while more than 300,000 other sets of remains are buried in cemeteries without full information.

Prior to the ceremony, PM Phuc met with leaders of Son Tay town to discuss the caring of revolutionary contributors in the locality.

He also visited and presented gifts to Vietnamese Heroic Mother Nguyen Thi Teo, and the families of Dang Duc Thuan and Pham Van Y who were seriously wounded in war.-VNA