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Soldiers died at sea honoured

Update: July, 23/2015 - 08:00
The Viet Nam Buddhist Association held a memorial service for the 64 Vietnamese soldiers who fought in the 1988 battle of Gac Ma Island to safeguard the nation's sovereignty yesterday on the occasion of the War Invalids and Martyrs Day (July 27). — Photo dantri.com.vn

HCM CITY (VNS) — The Viet Nam Buddhist Association held a memorial service for the 64 Vietnamese soldiers who fought in the 1988 battle of Gac Ma Island to safeguard the nation's sovereignty yesterday on the occasion of the War Invalids and Martyrs Day (July 27).

It was also held to honour the soldiers and civillians who sacrificed their lives during the nation's struggle for independence, unification and freedom.

After the ceremony, Bui Le Trang's painting Gac Ma – Immortal Circle was auctioned and sold for VND1.28 billion ($58,700) to the Hoa Binh Corporation. The painting was later donated to the Viet Nam National Museum of History.

The money from the auction and other donations will be used to support the families of soldiers who have fought to protect the nation's sovereignty at sea. — VNS

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