The Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union began a week of celebrations on July 20 to mark Wounded Soldiers and Martyrs Day, July 27.
|A doctor examines a martyr’s mother in Hanoi on July 23 (Photo: SGGP)|
On July 26 candles will be lit at thousands of martyrs’ cemeteries around the country to commemorate the heroes who laid down their lives for the country’s freedom.
Vu Trong Kim, member of the Party Central Committee and permanent deputy head and general secretary of the Vietnamese Fatherland Front visited the families of martyred and injured soldiers on July 23 and gave them gifts.
He expressed the gratitude of the Party and people to the soldiers and their families.
On the same day 363 former revolutionary prisoners and relatives of Northern martyrs left for Phu Quoc to attend memorial services for 300 martyrs.
Members of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union in HCMC weeding and bedecked tombs of heroic mothers and martyrs at the cemetery in Thu Duc District and HCMC Cemetery of Martyrs in District 9.
They then burned incense to commemorate martyrs.
|HCMC youth bedeck the tomb of a martyr at the city martyr cemetery in District 9 on July 23 (Photo: SGGP)|
A groundbreaking ceremony was held in the central province of Quang Ngai for a bell-tower to be built to commemorate 504 people massacred by American troops in Son My Village on March 16, 1968.
The tower is expected to be built in 50 days after which the bell will be rung 504 times at 6am everyday.
The central province of Ha Tinh and the Ministry of Education and Training coordinated held a groundbreaking ceremony for putting up statues of 10 heroic women martyrs who died in 1968 at the Dong Loc cross-roads during the war against the US.
HCMC Sponsoring Association for Poor Patients and doctors from Nguyen Trai Hospital provided free surgery for 200 blind cataract patients, of whom some are also relatives of wounded soldiers or martyrs from HCMC, Vinh Long, Binh Duong, Dong Thap, and Ben Tre.
The surgeries cost VND140 million (US$8,000) which was provided by the Vietnam Export Import Commercial Joint Stock Bank (Eximbank).