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Soldier memorial construction starts in City

Update: May, 04/2015 - 10:19

Work on a memorial stele at Rach Chiec Park to commemorate soldiers who fell while defending Rach Chiec Bridge in HCM City during the Ho Chi Minh Campaign in April 1975 began last week. — Photo VNA

HCM CITY (VNS) — Work on a memorial stele at Rach Chiec Park to commemorate soldiers who fell while defending Rach Chiec Bridge in HCM City during the Ho Chi Minh Campaign in April 1975 began last week.

One of the construction works meant to celebrate 40 years of the liberation of the South and reunification of the nation (30 April 1975), the park is being built on an 8,430sq.m area along the Rach Chiec Canal in District 2 at a cost of VND21.5 billion (US$1 million). Completion will take six months.

Speaking at the ground-breaking ceremony, Le Hoang Quan, Chairman of the city People's Committee, said: "The battle to seize and protect Rach Chiec Bridge had contributed significantly to the victory of the eastern wing of troops during the historical Ho Chi Minh Campaign."

Fifty two soldiers had sacrificed their lives to protect the bridge.

Quan said the sacrifices of the commando units D81, Z22, and Z23 and military forces and local residents of Thu Duc had contributed significantly to the victory in the Ho Chi Minh Campaign that led to liberation.

After the ground-breaking, veterans from Commando Unit No 316 burnt incense and placed wreaths in memory of their fellow men who had fallen at the place 40 years earlier. — VNS

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