In the afternoon of 3rd May 2016, Ministry of National Defence and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) organised the Ceremony to mark the success of the first phase of the project on Remediation of Dioxin Contamination at Da Nang Airport. In attendance at the Ceremony were Mr. Vu Duc Dam, the Vice Prime Minister, Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Chi Vinh, the Vice Minister of the Ministry of National Defence, Mr. Ho Ky Minh, the Vice Chairman of the Da Nang People’s Committee, and Mr. Ted Osius, the United States Ambassador to Viet Nam.
“In the past we lived at night, in the forest. Now we own the day, the blue sky and our sea. We have the long, beautiful coasts that need to be treasured and preserved”. This is the meaningful reminder and order that President Ho Chi Minh gave to the citizens of Viet Nam, that we have to consistently protect our sovereignty, sovereign rights, jurisdiction and maritime interests. In 1473, King Le Thanh Tong said to his border guards: “Every inch of our mountains and rivers, we could not easily lose hold of. You have to keep debating, not to let others encroach. If they do not listen, embassadors can be sent to the North to clarify the rights and wrongs. If you dare let an inch of our ancestors’ land to be prey to the enemy, it is the death sentence you have to face”. This proves the determination to preserve every inch of the homeland of the people from many generations ago, as well as reminds every citizen of Viet Nam about their responsibility to protect the national border.
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