President  Quang made the request at a ceremony hosted by the Border Guard Party Committee and Command on December 13 in Hanoi to celebrate the 73rd founding anniversary of the Vietnam People’s Army (VPA) and the 28th Whole People’s Defense Festive Day (December 22).

The reception at the Vietnam Border Guard Command

At the ceremony, Major General Do Danh Vuong, Secretary of the Party Committee and Political Commissar of the Vietnam Border Guard Command, delivered a speech confirming that over the past 73 years of combat and development, the VPA has really been a heroic army of a heroic nation and a trust-fed political and fighting force absolutely loyal to the Party, the State and people. The VPA has fulfilled its missions of combat, work, production and done noble international services. Surmounting hardship and difficulties with solidarity among cadres and troops, the VPA has attained numerous glorious feats-of-arms, contributing to its glorious tradition and deserving President Ho Chi Minh’s praise, “Our army is loyal to the Party, dutiful to the people, ready to combat and sacrifice their lives for the national independence and freedom and for socialism. It fulfills all assigned tasks, overcomes all difficulties and defeats all enemies.”

General Vuong also said that since its establishment, the border guard force has always been side by side with other forces in the country to firmly defend the national border security, actively give support to people in border, remote and mountainous areas, contribute to the hunger elimination and poverty reduction cause in impoverished localities and building a borderline of peace and friendship.

So far, 147 groups and 64 individuals of the force have received  the title “Hero of the People’s Armed Forces”, including eight groups who were twice conferred.  

Via a teleconference system, President Tran Dai Quang heard direct reports on task performance and local living standards by commanders of border posts namely A Pa Chai of Dien Bien provincial Border Guard, Bo Y of Kon Tum provincial Border Guard and Hon Chuoi Island of Ca Mau provincial Border Guard.

Translated by Mai Huong