Construction of Hoang Sa Squad Relic Kicked Off

The People’s Committee and Department of Culture and Information of the Ly Son District in Quang Ngai Province have begun construction of a relic aiming at honoring and commemorating the Hoang Sa squad.

Hoang Sa Temple

The construction of the relic includes restoration of the An Vinh temple and temples of forefathers of the Hoang Sa squad’s soldiers, putting up stone statues and building a house of exhibition displaying objects related to the team. The total capital to be spent on the project is VND13 billion.

According to the history, the Nguyen Dynasty enlisted 70 young men coming from the An Vinh Commune only for the Hoang Sa squad. The army annually boarded five boats to the Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelago in February for patrolling and looking for sea products and wrecks. The voyage lasted until August.

There are several relics related to the Hoang Sa squad’s trips such as Sa Ky seaport; An Vinh and An Hai villages on the Ly Son island; Vuon Don where the team was housed; and Am Linh pagoda, Hoang Sa and An Vinh temples where a monument was erected to commemorate martyrs.

The relic will help us to acknowledge and express our gratitude to the Hoang Sa squad who sacrificed their lives defending the country.

The Am Linh pagoda and graves of the Hoang Sa squad’s soldiers in Ly Son district were recognized as National Relics by the Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism yesterday.

By H.M – Translated by Kim Khanh

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