The monument in commemoration of the Vietnam-Laos special fighting alliance in Laos’ southern province of Champasak was inaugurated on May 29 after a year-long upgrade.

Funded by the Vietnamese Government, work began in August last year to give a facelift to the monument which covers an area of more than 4 hectares. The memorial site comprises two towers, each of which is 11m high and 13m in diameter, a 4.5m high and 9m wide bas relief along with a showroom for exhibits, and support facilities.

Speaking at the event, Vietnamese Deputy Defence Minister Sen. Lieut. Gen. Nguyen Thanh Cung thanked the Lao Party, State, Army and people for their support during Vietnam’s struggle for independence as well as its ongoing national construction and defence efforts.

He affirmed that the monument in Champasak, together with similar works built in memory of the Vietnam-Laos special fighting alliance in Udomxay, Xiengkhuoang, and Attapeu provinces of Laos are symbols of the solidarity between the two countries .

Lao Deputy Defence Minister Chansamon Chanyalath highlighted the significance of the monument in helping the two people gain insights into the Laos-Vietnam special relations, as well as remembering the dedication of their people and soldiers to the two countries’ struggles for independence and freedom.

On the occasion, delegates laid down a wreath at the monument and planted a commemorative tree.-VNA