The People’s Committee of Thanh Hoa City, Thanh Hoa province, held a ceremony to commemorate 64 teachers and pupils who died in 1972 while damming up the Ma River.
During the Vietnam War, the Ham Rong Bridge area became a free fire zone. From April 15 th to October 10 th , 1972, the US Air Force sent 5,601 fighters to destroy the Ham Rong Bridge. Part of the dam on the Ma River, near Ham Rong, broke.
On June 14 th , 1972, while 5,000 people, including hundreds of teachers, students and pupils from Medical School and Teaching School 7+3 in Thanh Hoa were working on the construction site to repair part of the dam on Ma River, destroyed by American air raids, in Ham Rong Commune, Nam Ngan district, Thanh Hoa province, American fighters bombed the site and killed 64 teachers and pupils and injured 96 others.
Later, Thanh Hoa City built a monument on the bank of the Ma River to commemorate the sacrifice of 64 teachers and pupils.
Previously, a requiem, a candle lighting and flower garlands and colored lantern releasing ceremonies took place on Ma River on June 13 th .
Translated by Tran Hoai