Incense offered in memory of 504 victims of a bloody massacre by US troops 50 years ago in Quang Ngai province.
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Quang Ngai (VNA)
– As many as 504 victims of a bloody massacre by US troops 50 years ago were commemorated at a ceremony held at the Son My relic site in Tinh Khe commune, Quang Ngai city, the central province of Quang Ngai, on March 16.

The event was attended by former President Truong Tan Sang, Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh, Chief Judge of the Supreme People’s Court Nguyen Hoa Binh, foreign visitors, US veterans, local people and domestic and international reporters.

Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Dang Ngoc Dung said that the killings that occurred on March 16, 1968 prompted widespread outrage around the world.

Son My residents are now joining hands to build their hometown and develop the locality’s development in the economy, culture and society, he added.

On the occasion, the organising board handed over a decision to set up My Lai peace fund and announced a 41 hectare My Lai Peace Commemorative Park project which is invested at 348 billion VND (15.3 million USD).

The park is also a tourism attraction, making contributions to developing tourism in Quang Ngai province.

Earlier, a house of worship dedicated to 504 civilians killed in the massacre was inaugurated in the central province of Quang Ngai on March 15. Covering an area of 200 sq.m in Son My relic site in Tinh Khe commune, the house was built at a cost of 5.5 billion VND (241,500 USD). -VNA