Major General Bui Hai Son, Chief of the command; Senior Colonel Dinh Quoc Hung, Political Commissar of the command; and Nguyen Viet Dung, Secretary of Co To district Party Committee and Chairman of the district People’s Committee attended the event.

Guards-of-honor perform flag etiquette during the flag-lowering ceremony at Ba Dinh Square.

Addressing the ceremony, General Son said that the handover of the sacred national flag at the historic Ba Dinh Square and in front of the President Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum was a meaningful and practical activity in celebration of the 61st anniversary of Uncle Ho’s visit to Co To Island (May 9, 1961 - 2022) and of the ceremony to receive a certificate to recognize the special national relic title for the President Ho Chi Minh memorial site on Co To Island.

The official added that the presentation of the national flag demonstrated the sentiments of the command’s troops to their peers and islanders in Co To island district. The national flag flying at sea is a confirmation of the national sovereignty over sea and islands and a source of encouragement for the island’s troops and people to safeguard the national sacred maritime sovereignty.

In his speech, Mr. Nguyen Viet Dung recalled President Ho Chi Minh’s visit to Co To Island on May 9, 1961. Dung cited the State leader as saying that even though Hanoi was far from islands, the Party and Government always paid due attention to people on islands and hoped that they would stay united, exert all-out efforts and make progress. Bearing in minds Uncle Ho’s teaching, local troops, party committee, authorities and people have followed his thought, morality, and lifestyle, and vowed to preserve every inch of land and waters of the Fatherland to deserve the trust of Uncle Ho.

On behalf of the district’s troops and people, Mr. Nguyen Viet Dung touchingly received the sacred national flag which was presented after a flag-lowering ceremony.

Major General Bui Hai Son (left) presents the national flag to the leader of Co To island district.

According to Dung, the presented national flag will fly on the sovereignty flag tower on Co To Island, confirming the national maritime sovereignty and showing the Vietnamese people’s independence, freedom, and happiness.

Together with Uncle Ho Monument, the national flag is a firm spiritual support for Co To island district’s troops and people to make contribution to turning Co To Island into a “shining gem” in the Northeastern region of the country.

Translated by Mai Huong