Over 1,000 senior military officers including Director of the Political General Deparment Brig. Gen Vilay Lakhamfong and soldiers gathered at the Ministry of National Defense to celebrate the 66th anniversary of Lao People’s Army (1945).
“Today, military officers and soldiers of the Lao People’s Army are happy and proud that together with the Party, government and Lao people of all ethnic groups, we’ve organized joyful celebrations for the 66th founding anniversary of the Lao People’s Army,” said Brig. Gen. Vilay.
“Sixty six years ago, on 20 January 1949, in order to respond to the requirements for national liberation due to a stronghold in Laohoung sub-district, Xiengkhor District, Huaphan Province, the Rasavong Unit was established and commanded by President Kaysone Phomvihane, a beloved leader. It was the unification of armed forces that were scattered across the country and merged into one Lao Issara force. It was a landmark proving the growth of the Lao revolution at the time,” said the Brig. General.
The Brig. Gen. recalled the fearless fighting of the Lao Issara force against invading armies that were many times stronger than Lao in terms of economic, personnel and weaponry, as well as victories over enemies by the clear-sighted leadership of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party.
The Brig. General urged the gathering officials to promote the fine national traditions of the Lao People’s Army, attach significance to strengthening the army in all areas, uphold revolutionary values, and be disciplined.