Vietnam inaugurates monument to victory over Chinese

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The Fourth Military Zone's Defense Economic Unit 337 inaugurated a stele commemorating Vietnam's victory over the Chinese following their invasion in 1979.

The stele is located on a 200 square meter plot in Pa Pach Village, Binh Trung Commune, Cao Loc District, Lang Son Province.

The construction of the memorial site costed nearly VND600 million. Funds for the project were donated by current and former officials and soldiers from Division 337, the Lang Son Provincial Government and the First Military Zone's High Command.

An inauguration ceremony for the monument was held during the 65th observance of the War Invalids' and Martyrs' Day.

According to Colonel Pham Van Trung, head of Unit 337, the monument will provide a pilgrimage site for generations of the Division's veterans, as well as a point of inspiration for Vietnam's traditional values.

In February 1979, Division 337 was mobilized to the northern border after Chinese troops invaded and ordered to block an attack on Highway 1B.

After 12 days of fierce fighting, the Vietnamese soldiers managed to block the enemy's attempt to isolate Lang Son Province.

More than 700 soldiers from Division 337 died during the fight. Some were only 19 years old.

In December 1994, the Division was mobilized to the Fourth Military Zone to help train the army before being renamed Defense Economic Unit 337 and reassigned to Quang Tri Province.

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