A grand requiem to national pray for people’s peace and prosperity was held in Quang Tri town in the central province of the same name on April 19.

The event was also to commemorate tens of thousands of soldiers who laid down their lives in battlefields in the Quang Tri Ancient Citadel and along Thach Han river.

The ceremony saw the participation of Most Venerable Thich Tien Dat, permanent member of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha Central Committee’s Executive Council and over 3,000 monks, nuns and Buddhist followers across the country.

On this occasion, the organising board presented more than 100 gifts to families of social beneficiaries and poor students with outstanding academic achievements.

Earlier, on September 18, the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha released 10,000 floating lanterns on Thach Han river to pay tribute to the fallen soldiers.

The citadel, built in 1824, was strongly defended by Vietnamese soldiers in the war against the US imperialists in 1972.

For 81 days and nights from June 29, the soldiers tried their best to protect it from bombardment.

It has since been listed as a national historical site.-VNA