Major General Huynh Dac Huong, Head of Liaison Board for Vietnamese Volunteer Soldiers and Military Advisors in Laos speaking at the event

Speaking at the event, former Political Commissar of Vietnamese Volunteer Soldiers in Laos and head of the liaison board Major General Huynh Dac Huong said that in 2019 and 2020, the liaison board attended various events held in both Vietnam and Laos to celebrate 70 years since first Vietnamese volunteer soldiers were dispatched to Laos for international service.

On the occasion, the association was also honored with the title “Hero of the People’s Armed Forces” by the Party and State. This was a great honor of all veteran Vietnamese volunteer soldiers and experts who had done their international service in Laos.

General Huong emphasized that over the past 30 years, the liaison board has served as a bridge connecting historical witnesses who had once engaged in the Lao national liberation wars. Following President Ho Chi Minh’s teaching, the board has also contributed to preserving the time-honored relationship between Vietnam and Laos.

According to a report delivered at the event, since its establishment in 1989, the liaison board representing 20,000 members has organized various cultural exchanges and information dissemination activities, visited their old battlefields, and compiled various historical documents, contributing to preserving the heroic tradition of the force. 

In addition, the board actively carried out Vietnamese and Lao policies for families of wounded soldiers, martyrs, and national contributors and proposed the Lao Party and State to bestow medals on 290,000 people in recognition of their contributions to the country’s national liberation cause. 

More especially, the board cooperated with ministries and agencies to collect more than 30,000 sets of remains of Vietnamese and Lao soldiers fallen in the wars and provided assistance to more than 20,000 Lao students who studied in Vietnam. 

Translated by Tran Hoai