The requiem takes place at Khanh An Pagoda in Thailand’s northeastern province of Udon Thani on March 18 (Photo: VNA)
 
Bangkok (VNA) - A requiem to commemorate Vietnamese soldiers who laid down their lives to defend national sovereignty was held at Khanh An pagoda in Thailand’s northeastern province of Udon Thani on March 18.

At the ceremony, overseas Vietnamese (OVs) recalled the nation’s glorious history and paid tribute to those who sacrificed their lives to safeguard the country, especially 64 naval soldiers who were killed while protecting Gac Ma (Johnson South) Reef in Vietnam’s Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago on March 14, 1988.

The requiem for Vietnamese martyrs in Udon Thani province is held annually by OVs in Thailand. This is part of activities to help OVs gain more understanding of the country’s history, sea and island sovereignty and national protection.

This is the third time the OVs in Thailand has held the activity to commemorate fallen soldiers. -VNA