Wednesday, 03/08/2022 17:01 (GMT+7)
A memorial service was held in central city of Da Nang on August 2 for Hero of the People’s Armed Forces Kostas Sarantidis - Nguyen Van Lap, a man who held Greek and Vietnamese nationalities and joined the Vietnamese people in the resistance war against the French colonialists.
He passed away in Athens on June 25, 2021, at the age of 94.
Speaking at the event, Maj. Gen. Truong Thien To, Deputy Political Commissar of Military Region 5, said that the death of the revolutionary soldier has left great sorrow to his family, friends, as well as comrades and people in Vietnam. Meanwhile, the Vietnamese Party and State have lost an exemplary “Uncle Ho” soldier who made enormous contributions to the national liberation, construction and defense.
The hero’s remains were brought to Vietnam at his and his family's wish.
In 1946, Kostas Sarantidis - Nguyen Van Lap was brought to Vietnam as a soldier in the French army. He fled from the French army to a liberated area in Binh Thuan province and joined the Viet Minh force in the resistance war. Since then, he became a friend and a comrade of Vietnamese people who called him by the name Kostas Nguyen Van Lap.
Kostas Sarantidis - Nguyen Van Lap was repeatedly honored by the Vietnamese Party and State, including the first-class Feat Order, the Friendship Order, the third-class Victory Order, and the second-class Resistance Order. In particular, he was granted the Vietnamese nationality in 2010 and then the "Hero of the People’s Armed Forces" title in 2013, becoming the first and only foreigner to be bestowed with this title so far.
After the memorial service, the remains of Kostas Sarantidis - Nguyen Van Lap were buried at the cemetery of Military Region 5 in Da Nang city./.