President Truong Tan Sang met, on Monday, with 80 combat veterans from a division that played a key role in repelling Chinese border assaults during the 1984-1988 period, Vietnam News Agency reported.
The meeting took place as part of activities to celebrate the Day of War Invalids and Martyrs (July 27).
Sang told the former soldiers from Division 356 that the Party and State always remembered the great service they provided to the nation.
He praised the division’s soldiers for their courage in protecting the country’s sacred sovereignty in Thanh Thuy Commune, Vi Xuyen District, Ha Giang Province.
He asked ministries, agencies and localities to collect the remains of fallen soldiers who are still unaccounted for and build a memorial for them, especially those of Division 356.
Established in Tan Ky District, central Nghe An Province, in 1974, Division 356 was initially tasked with providing combat training and production for defense.
Between 1984 and 1988, the division was selected as a key unit in the Vi Xuyen battlefield. During the fierce struggle, it accomplished many feats of heroism as it defended the nation's territorial sovereignty.
The division was dispersed in 1989 after accomplishing its mission.