18 Août 2019
Vietnam, a brilliant Pearl of the Extreme Orient
Vietnam, the Ancient land of fairy and dragons
As an asset majestically lying in a wonderful region
It built up its glory on the coast of the Pacific Ocean.
All over the world, its fame had been widely spreading
for the heroic deeds its Ancestors had been achieving
The bloody traces left by unknown soldiers on its vegetation
urged everyone of us to share his life with that of his Nation .
We swore our eternal fidelity, by raising high our hands
to pay back our gratitude to the heritage of our Homeland.
Even if our body should be destroyed into pieces
to be buried at the frontiers in our horse’s skin
We, as soldiers, would pledge our honour of loyalty
to serve until the last breath our beloved country.
Note: Translation of the song “Viet Nam minh chau troi Dong of the musician Hung Lan into English by Alexis Ho