Some 130 former volunteer officers and experts in central Thanh Hoa Province were granted orders and medals from the Lao Government for their services in its national liberation cause.
A ceremony was held in the central province on November 14 to present the awards.
“Thanh Hoa sent thousands of soldiers and experts to Laos to fight for the neighbouring country’s liberation,” said Mr Le Hong Ngoan, Head of the Provincial Voluntary Force Liaison Agency.
More than 1,700 of them were bestowed upon with Lao orders for victory and freedom and medals for contributions to Laos’ resistance war against French colonialists, he added.
Le Thi Thin, Vice Chairwoman of the provincial People’s Committee, said the orders and medals are an honour to both their recipients and the province.
She urged called on relevant Vietnamese and Lao agencies to continue searching and repatriating remains of Vietnamese martyrs, and helping their families escape poverty.
In 1945, the Vietnamese and Lao governments signed an agreement on Vietnam-Laos cooperation and support and formed the Laos-Vietnam Joint Army to protect each country’s independence.
On October 30, 1949, the Politburo of the Communist Party of Vietnam’s Central Committee established the Vietnamese military force in Laos, which was called “Vietnamese Voluntary Soldiers”.
Source: Lao News Agency