|Young overseas Vietnamese join the opening ceremony of Viet Nam Summer Camp 2013 yesterday in northern mountainous Ha Giang Province. — VNA/VNS Photo Minh Tam
HA GIANG (VNS)— Nearly 200 outstanding young overseas Vietnamese from 24 countries worldwide attend a 20-day Summer Camp in Viet Nam.
The summer camp for young overseas Vietnamese has themed this year's event "10 years – The call of the homeland", to mark its 10th anniversary. The annual event began yesterday in the northern province of Ha Giang.
Deputy Foreign Minister and Head of the State Committee for Overseas Vietnamese Affairs, Nguyen Thanh Son said the event was designed to help young overseas Vietnamese better understand the origin of their nation's culture and thereby enhancing their attachment to the country.
In Ha Giang, participants will pay tribute to fallen soldiers at a cemetery in Vi Xuyen District, engage in an artistic exchange with other children from the province, and also visit the Thanh Thuy border gate in addition to visiting other notable border markers. The will conclude their activities with a visit to the Lung Cu flagpole and the Dong Van Stone Plateau.
Vu Huyen Trang, 20, from Bulgaria said: "I am so moved to set foot in Ha Giang. Our visit has taught us about our ancestors' struggle to defend the national border."
Young participants will visit the country's nine provinces and cities before the camp concludes on July 30. The closing ceremony will be held in the province of Ca Mau. — VNS