|Vice President Đặng Ngọc Thịnh presented gifts to 89 families entitled to the State preferential treatment policies and war heroes during her visit to Côn Đảo District.— VNA/VNS Photo Tiến Lực|Viet Nam News
BÀ RỊA – VŨNG TÀU – Vice President Đặng Thị Ngọc Thịnh on Thursday paid floral tribute to martyrs at Hàng Dương Cemetery in Côn Đảo District, the southern province of Bà Rịa – Vũng Tàu, in the lead-up to the 70th anniversary of Invalids and Martyrs Day (July 27).
She offered incense to those who died at Côn Đảo prison, patriot Nguyễn An Ninh, late Party General Secretary Lê Hồng Phong and heroes of the people’s armed forces Võ Thị Sáu and Hồ Văn Năm.
According to the Côn Đảo relic management board, Côn Đảo prison accommodated more than 20,000 prisoners throughout its 113 years.
Among the 1,921 graves of martyrs in Hàng Dương Cemetery, more than 700 ones have had their names and homeland identified.
The Vice President also visited Côn Đảo Temple, which is dedicated to thousands of martyrs nationwide.
On the morning the same day, the sixth joint commemorative ceremony for war heroes and patriots who died in Côn Đảo prison was held.
In the evening the previous day, a ceremony to commemorate the death of 51 soldiers who were executed by the French from October 29, 1947 to November 6, 1953 was also held.
During her stay, Thịnh presented gifts to 89 policy beneficiary families and war heroes and handed over scholarships from the National Fund for Vietnamese Children to 100 poor students in the district. — VNS