Authorities of central Quang Tri province on May 10 held a memorial and burial ceremony for the remains of 53 Vietnamese volunteer soldier and specialists who sacrificed their lives in Lao battlefields during the war.

The remains were found during a seven-month search conducted by Team 584 of the Quang Tri Military Command. Together with the remains, the team found a comb carved with the word “Hai”.

This is the 27th time the province has held such ceremony since 1993, reflecting the deep gratitude the Party and State showed toward those who sacrificed their lives for national independence. In the past years, Quang Tri province, in cooperation with Lao authorities and people, has brought home the remains of thousands of fallen soldiers.

Speaking at the event, Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Cuong thanked Lao side for helping the search, adding that the fallen martyrs’ sacrifice has become a lofty symbol of Vietnam’s wholehearted care for international friends, a factor to determine the victory of the Vietnam-Lao Revolution.

The martyrs were buried at Road 9 National Martyrs Cemetery, which is the resting place of over 10,000 soldiers, most of whom were killed during fierce battles along Road 9 and on Lao soil.-VNA