The event was attended by Deputy Political Commissar of Military Region 2 (MR2) Major General Tran Ngoc Tuan, and leaders of the region, Dien Bien provincial armed forces, and the province’s authorities.

Vietnamese and Lao delegates at the ceremony

Accordingly, the MR2 team searched and collected eight sets of martyrs' remains in six Northern provinces of Laos. In which, six of them have not been identified yet, while the two others have been identified with their names and hometowns in Hung Yen and Ha Nam provinces.

Despite treacherous terrains and especially the complicated developments of the COVID-19 pandemic, the team overcame difficulties to try their best to search, collect and repatriate the martyrs’ remains.

Reportedly, since early 2021, the team has collected and repatriated 20 sets of remains of fallen soldiers.

Delegates pay tribute to the fallen soldiers.

Since 1994, the team has searched and collected 1,792 sets of martyrs' remains who were Vietnamese soldiers in Laos, including 263 identified martyrs.

During the ceremony, Vice Chairman of the Dien Bien provincial People’s Committee Vu A Bang paid tribute to the fallen soldiers who contributed to deepening the special friendship and solidarity between the two countries of Vietnam and Laos.

Earlier, on June 16, the province also held a ceremony to receive the eight sets of martyrs’ remains at Tay Trang International Border Gate.

After the memorial ceremony, the team will bring the two identified martyrs’ remains to their hometowns.

Translated by Minh Anh