Work Underway on Vietnam-Cambodia Friendship Monument
|Vietnam-Cambodia Friendship Monument is scheduled for completion by the end of 2022. Photo: VOV|
Covering approximately 7,500 square metres, the monument is the 23rd friendship monument to be built in Cambodia, which indicates the historical significance of Vietnamese volunteer soldiers’ assistance to the neighbouring country in its fight against the genocidal Pol Pot regime, as reported by VOV.
The groundbreaking ceremony saw the attendance of Standing Vice Chairman and General Secretary of the National Council of the Solidarity Front for the Development of Cambodian Motherland Nhem Valy, along with Vietnamese Military Attaché in Cambodia Col. Nguyen Thanh Chinh, among others.
Upon addressing the event, Valy recalled the struggle of the army and people of Cambodia who were given support by Vietnamese volunteer soldiers to overthrow the genocidal Pol Pot regime and revive Cambodia.
He underscored that the Vietnam-Cambodia Friendship Monuments built in many localities throughout Cambodia aim to remember the services of both nations' heroic martyrs who laid down their lives for the cause of Cambodia’s liberation.
He expressed his deep gratitude towards the Party, State and people of Vietnam for sending eminent soldiers to help Cambodia escape the Pol Pot genocidal regime, according to Trucotanct.
“Cambodian people always remember that without the January 1, 1979 victory, we would not have today,” said Nhem Valy.
For his part, Colonel Nguyen Thanh Chinh stressed that the Vietnam-Cambodia Friendship Monuments across Cambodia and in Banteay Meanchey in particular will help younger generations to understand the value of peace and freedom as well as the solidarity and mutual support between the two nations of Vietnam and Cambodia.
Moving forward, US$1.4-million construction of the Vietnam-Cambodia Friendship Monument in Svay Rieng province is scheduled for completion by the end of 2022.
Moreover, five other friendship monuments will also be inaugurated in 2022 in the provinces of Siem Riep, Odor Meanchey, Tbong Khmum, Kampong Speu, and Pailin. The inaugurations will be more meaningful as they is set to take place in the build up to the 55th founding anniversary of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Cambodia.
As of June 2021, a total of 17 Vietnam-Cambodia Friendship Monuments have been inaugurated out of a total of 22 newly built, restored and embellished monuments in the country. Four other monuments in the provinces of Pailin, Preay Veng, Kampong Speu, Oudor Menchay have also been started and are expected to be inaugurated by the end of 2021.
|Vietnam-Cambodia Friendship Monument in Kampong Cham province. Photo: People's Army Newspaper|
|The Vietnam-Cambodia friendship monument in Takeo city. Photo: VNA|
Sacred symbols of the two nations
According to Deputy Prime Minister Men Sam An, thanks to peace, Cambodian people are building a prosperous and happy life. The babies born protected by Cambodian revolutionary soldiers and Vietnamese soldiers that day became Cambodian citizens today, contributing to the construction of a prosperous country. During the inauguration ceremony of the Vietnam-Cambodia Friendship Monument in Kampong Cham province in 2020, Deputy Prime Minister Men Sam An affirmed the great significance of building Cambodia-Vietnam Friendship Monuments in the provinces and cities of Cambodia.
During the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of the Cambodia-Vietnam Friendship Monument in Kampong Speu province in 2020, Vice Chairman and General Secretary of the National Council of the Solidarity Front for the Development of Cambodian Motherland Nhem Valy said: After the victory on January 7, 1979, Cambodia was liberated, and provinces and cities throughout the country built a Cambodia-Vietnam Friendship Monument.
"As a Buddhist country, anyone who gives a can of rice or a coin will be grateful to the Cambodian people. Cambodia was liberated and escaped from the Pol Pot genocidal regime thanks to Vietnamese volunteers. We are always grateful to Vietnamese mothers and wives who sent their husbands and children off to help, fight and sacrifice for Cambodia," Nhem Valy said.
|Vietnam - Cambodia Friendship Monument in Stung Treng province. Photo: VNF|
|Construction of a Vietnam-Cambodia Friendship Monument begins in the border province of Tbong Khmum, Cambodia, on November 20. Photo: VNA|
At the ceremony for the Vietnam - Cambodia Friendship Monument in Tboung Khmum province. Photo: NDO
At the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of the Vietnam-Cambodia Friendship Monument in Tboung Khmum province in 2020, Colonel Nguyen Thanh Chinh, Vietnam's defense attaché in Cambodia said, the construction of the Friendship Monument across the country in the past time and in Tboung Khmum province today is to commemorate the great help of the Vietnamese army and people for the Cambodian people in the fight to overthrow the genocidal regime and restore the country.
|The Vietnam - Cambodia Friendship Monument is also a place for the next generations to continue to learn and study the value of peace, freedom and the tradition of solidarity and friendship between the people of the two countries Cambodia - Vietnam. It can be said that this is a sacred symbol and historical cultural work to remind the next generation of the sacrifices of the previous generations for peace and independence of the two nations.|
|Vietnam - Cambodia Friendship Monument: Sacred symbol of 2 nations |
The Vietnam-Cambodia Friendship Monument is a symbol of the solidarity and cohesion between the two peoples of Vietnam and Cambodia.
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