Defence Minister pays tribute to martyrs in Quang Tri

Defence Minister General Ngo Xuan Lich and other officers pay homage to martyrs in the central province of Quang Tri (Source: VNA) 
Quang Tri (VNA) – Defence Minister
General Ngo Xuan Lich and other officers on July 21 paid homage to martyrs in
the central province of Quang Tri on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of
War Invalids and Martyr Day (July 27).   

They laid wreaths and offered incense at the
Ancient Citadel of Quang Tri, Thach Han River banks, the Truong Son National
Martyrs’ Cemetery and Road No.9 National Martyrs’ Cemetery.

The Truong Son National Martyrs’ Cemetery is the
resting place of over 10,000 soldiers from across Vietnam. Most of them were
from Corps 559 – Truong Son Army Corps and sacrificed on Ho Chi Minh Trail
during the resistance war against the US. 

More than 10,000 martyrs were also buried at the
Road 9 National Martyrs’ Cemetery. They fought in the Road 9 battlefield and in
Laos during a campaign of the anti-US war. 

Meanwhile, the Ancient Citadel of Quang Tri
witnessed a fierce struggle to protect the citadel and Quang Tri township in

Thousands of soldiers laid down their lives during the 81-day battle. The
fight contributed to Vietnam’s triumph at the Paris Conference and was a
prerequisite for the General Offensive and Uprising in the Spring of 1975,
which completely liberated the South and reunified the country.

The memorial on the Thach Han River’s northern
bank is also to commemorate thousands of soldiers who were young people leaving
their hometowns in the north to join in the resistance war in the south. 

The Quang Tri Ancient Citadel and the Thach Han
River are considered two cemeteries without tombstones in the central

The same day, General Lich had a working session
with the Standing Board of the Quang Tri provincial Party Committee on
socio-economic development and Party building in the locality.

Secretary of the Quang Tri Party Committee Nguyen
Van Hung said that the province has built hundreds of houses and presented
gifts to more than 2,000 people who rendered great service to the nation.

The Standing Board defines 2017 as the year of
administrative reform to create favourable conditions for investors, he said,
noting that there have been three major projects receiving investment licences,
including a thermoelectric plant, My Thuy seaport and a wind power plant.

Quang Tri’s budget collection is expected to
increase by 17 percent in 2017 as compared with the previous year, he said.

At the same time, efforts will be channelled to
national defence, focusing on improving the quality of military training, the
official added.

General Lich noted his hope that Quang Tri will
make more progresses in socio-economic development and national defence and

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