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Dien Bien (VNA) – A repatriation and reburial ceremony for the remains of 30 voluntary Vietnamese soldiers who laid down their lives in Laos took place in the northern mountainous province of Dien Bien on December 14. 

Speaking at the event, Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Le Van Quy lauded the voluntary Vietnamese soldiers for dedicating their lives to the liberation cause of two countries and contributing to their bilateral special friendship. 

He thanked the Lao Party, State, and people for standing side-by-side with voluntary Vietnamese soldiers during the war to overcome difficulties and achieve victory. He also expressed thanks to the Military Zone 2’s special working group for seeking, gathering, and repatriating martyrs’ remains to the homeland. 

Earlier on January 12 and June 15, the provincial People’s Committee also held a similar ceremony for the remains of 34 voluntary Vietnamese soldiers who had sacrificed their lives in Laos. 

Established in 1994, the Military Zone 2’s special working group was tasked with seeking and collecting martyrs’ remains in the six northern Lao provinces. It has so far verified nearly 3,520 pieces of information on martyrs’ tombs and brought home the remains of some 1,700 Vietnamese nationals. 

During the 2018-2019 dry season, the group has examined 145 pieces of information on martyrs’ tombs and exhumed 30 remains. –VNA