US Ambassador makes history as he pays tribute to fallen Vietnamese soldiers

For the first time in history, a US Ambassador has offered incense in tribute of Vietnamese martyrs.

Daniel Kritenbrink on Tuesday afternoon paid a 30-minute tribute to more than 10,000 fallen soldiers laid to rest at Truong Son National Cemetery in the central province of Quang Tri. He and Vice Chairman of Quang Tri People's Committee Hoang Nam began the ceremony with bell tolling. Then they observed one minute of silence and burned incense on each grave.

Before leaving Quang Tri, Ambassador Kritenbrink visited and walked along the Hien Luong Bridge over the Ben Hai River, which divided North and South Vietnam during war. The US Ambassador told Tuoi Tre Online newspaper that his visit sends a message that Vietnam and the US have healed the wounds of war and are working together to address the war legacy. He visited Truong Son cemetery to pay respect to those who died for patriotism, Mr. Kritenbrink said.

Source: VOV5