|President Truong Tan Sang extends Tet (Lunar New Year) greetings to poor households in Cao Bang Province. — VNA/VNS Photo Nguyen Khang
HA NOI (VNS)— President Truong Tan Sang praised the contributions made by veterans to the country's successful fight for national independence during a visit to the northern border province of Cao Bang on Saturday.
He also expressed his desire that they continue setting an example for upcoming generations, including border residents and soldiers.
While on a tour, President Sang offered incense at a shrine dedicated to President Ho Chi Minh at the Pac Bo historical site in the province of Cao Bang.
Sang also paid homage and extended Tet (Lunar New Year) greetings to veteran Hoang Thi Khin, a former courier for the late President during the pre-uprising period in Pac Bo village, Ha Quang District.
He also visited local residents in Van Trinh commune, Thach An District, which was presented with the title "Hero of the People's Armed Forces".
The locality, where the first Party cell of the district was established, is now home to 400 households made up of four ethnic groups.
In a bid to develop a new-style rural area, the commune has shifted its crop structure, forming a larger area devoted to the growth of sugar cane. Meanwhile, 95 per cent of the households in the commune have accessed the national grid to assure a stable supply of electricity.
Additionally, the President said he believed that the commune would soon reduce its poverty rate from its current 19 per cent.
During his tour, the President visited the construction site of the Sai Gon-Ban Gioc Resort, which is expected to open in October this year to tap the tourism potential of the Ban Gioc waterfalls in Trung Khanh District.
He also met with soldiers stationed at Dam Thuy border post, who are protecting 18.6km of the border, 60 border markers and the two border communes of Chi Vien and Dam Thuy.
The President commended the soldiers' achievements in ensuring national security and defence, while contributing to building a border area of peace and friendship. — VNS