|A performance at the ceremony (Photo: baobariavungtau.com.vn)
At the event, Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh presented the Labour Order, third class, to the staff of the relic’s management board in recognition of their efforts in managing, preserving and promoting the value of the special national historical site.
She called for more efforts to popularise the historical story of Con Dao in order to educate national pride and patriotism among people, particularly among the younger generation, while turning the site into an attractive tourist destination for visitors from both at home and abroad.
Con Dao special national historical site includes the Con Dao prison, dubbed a "Hell on Earth" through its 113-year history, where dozens of thousands of Vietnamese revolutionary soldiers were detained during the national struggles against the French and US.
However, many of the prisoners rose from the darkness of the prison to become excellent leaders of the Party and State, including comrades Le Hong Phong, Nguyen Van Cu, Le Duan, Nguyen Van Linh, and Ton Duc Thang.
Around 20,000 people laid down their lives on the land of Con Dao and rest in peace at Hang Duong cemetery.