Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on July 14 cut the ribbon to inaugurate a temple at Truong Bon historic site, central Nghe An province, dedicated to 13 young volunteer workers who laid down their lives 45 years ago during the anti-US war.

Addressing the event, Deputy PM Phuc said the inauguration of the temple reflects the traditional ethic of “remembering the source of water when drinking”, and also helps educating young generations on patriotic tradition and national pride.

Truong Bon used to hold an extremely strategic importance, serving as a connecting point of key routes to supply material and human resources from the north to southern battlefields.

Thousands of young volunteers died at the site while braving US bombings to ensure smooth traffic on this artery road, of whom the 13 members of the Volunteer Youth force were killed on the early morning of October 31, 1968, just hours before the US officially declared an end to the bombing of northern Vietnam.

Deputy PM Phuc requested ministries, departments, social organisations, businesses in the province and people nationwide to join hand to improve the lives of families of martyrs.

Truong Bon temple, built at a cost of 22.9 billion VND (1.1 million USD), is part of a project to preserve and upgrade the Truong Bon historic site.

Work on the 19.98 ha site started in Do Luong district on October 27, 2012 at a total cost of 175.4 billion VND (8.35 million USD) sourced from the State budget and social organisations.

Construction of some works inside the site is in progress, which include a monument and the main display area. Houses in the local hamlet 9 will also be repaired and preserved to give visitors some ideas about the life of local people during the war.

On the occasion, Deputy PM Phuc presented gifts to 26 families of young martyrs in the province.-VNA