Eleven units and fifteen individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the cause of national construction and defence will be honoured at a ceremony in Hanoi on July 13.

The information was announced by a spokesperson of the 10th ‘Vietnam Glory’ awards programme in Hanoi on July 3, according to Nhan dan (People) Online.

Under the theme ‘Despite Difficulties’, this year’s programme honours outstanding people who have overcome difficulties and challenges in their lives to make great contributions to society.

One example is 70 year-old Labour Hero Huynh Van Cang, a war invalid from the Mekong Delta province of Ben Tre, who has mobilised hundreds of billion of VND from organisations and individuals across the country to help poor patients, disabled people and disadvantaged children and another is Le Van Duoc, a 9th grade student from the central province of Nghe An, who bravely rescued five children from drowning.

First initiated by Lao Dong (Labour) Newspaper in 2003, the ‘Vietnam Glory’ programme has become a special cultural and political event to acknowledge and honour Labour heroes in the Renewal process, Heroes of the People’s Armed Forces, businesspeople and role-models in patriotic movements who have contributed to national construction and defence.

The event is held by the Lao Dong Newspaper and Vietnam Television under the guidance of the Central Council for Emulation and Reward and the Vietnam General Confederation of Labour.-VNA