Vietnam’s national flag, the country’s symbol of solidarity and greatest source of pride, makes a significant spectacle in a flag salutation ceremony in its Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago.
The flag, which features a yellow five-pointed star on the red background, is symbolic of the enormous sacrifice by its people, particularly war martyrs and invalids.
Meanwhile, the Truong Sa archipelago is the convergence of soldiers’ and citizens’ patriotism and unyieldingness in safeguarding the country’s sovereignty over its seas and islands.
Tuoi Tre News shows readers photos taken of the national flag flapping in Truong Sa during flag salutation ceremonies and alongside the sovereignty pole.
The national emblem is also seen on Truong Sa’s submerged and exposed islands or hung above frolicking children, inflating beholders with overwhelming pride.
Below are a series of photos by Nguyen Dong showing the national flag in Truong Sa.
These photos were one of the entries to Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper's year-long competition themed “Vietnam – Country – People" concluding in October last year.
A young soldier and a little boy pose for a photo in front of the territorial sovereignty pole.
Children frolic in front of a pottery mural on Truong Sa Lon Island.
Marine soldiers are on patrol across Truong Sa Dong Island.
Gifts from those from the mainland are taken onto a jolly boat which heads to Phan Vinh Island.
A large pottery collage of the national flag is seen on top of a building on Truong Sa Lon Island.
A wreath and the national flag are pictured in a tribute ceremony dedicated to deceased soldiers.
The awe-inspiring sight of the hoisted national flag fluttering during a salutation ceremony on Truong Sa Lon Island