War Veterans and Residents Pay Tribute to Fallen Soldiers in Gac Ma Battle
|War veterans and relatives of the martyrs released lanterns into Thien Cam sea in Cam Xuyen district, the central province of Ha Tinh, on March 13 night, according to Tien phong (Vanguard) newspaper. Photo: Tien phong newspaper|
|Relatives of the martyrs and war veterans come from Quang Tri, Quang Binh and Ha Tinh provinces, with lanterns prepared earlier. Photo: Tien phong newspaper|
|The ceremony is held annually to commemorate the 64 fallen soldiers who died defending Gac Ma Reef in the Spratly archipelago on March 14, 1988. Photo: Tien phong newspaper|
|Lanterns are prepared by relatives of the martyrs. Photo: Tien phong newspaper|
|Tens of war veterans and relatives of the martyrs are present at the ceremony. Photo: Tien phong newspaper|
|Veterans and relatives of the martyrs are about to release the lanterns into the sea. Photo: Tien phong newspaper|
|“We gather here to pay tribute to our brother – a soldier who died safeguarding Gac Ma Reef 34 years ago,” a relative of martyr Dao Kim Cuong said. Photo: Tien phong newspaper|
|Le Huu Thao, a war veteran, said the ceremony is also intended to remind young generations about the sacrifice and contributions of the martyrs to defending the country’s sacred sovereignty over its seas and islands. Photo: Tien phong newspaper|
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