The Vietnamese community in Germany held requiems in Berlin and Nurnberg to commemorate war heroes who laid down their lives to safeguard the home country’s sovereignty.

The April 27 ceremony at Tu An pagoda in Berlin was attended by local Vietnamese community and Buddhist followers.

Monk Thich Tu Nhon said that the event was to express gratitude to those who devoted their lives to defending the country’s sea and island sovereignty and to remind Vietnamese nationals of the self-reliance spirit.

In Nurnberg, Buddhist monks and followers gathered at Vinh Nghiem pagoda to pray for the peace of the deceased.

The day-long requiem was also aimed to tell Vietnamese people to treasure the sacrifices made by soldiers and their compatriots.-VNA