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Thursday, July 20, 2017

70th Anniversary of Martyrs’ Day marked


State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi lays wreath and pays tribute at the Mausoleum of Martyrs.

Vice President U Myint Swe, Pyithu Hluttaw Speaker U Win Myint, Amyotha Hluttaw Speaker Mahn Win Khaing Than, Chief Justice of the Union U Tun Tun Oo, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing lay wreaths and pay tribute to General Aung San and fallen martyrs.

Yangon July 20

The 70th Anniversary of Martyrs’ Day for 2017 was celebrated at the Mausoleum in Bahan Township, Yangon, at 8 am yesterday. State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, daughter of fallen national leader General Aung San, attended the event and laid a wreath at the Mausoleum of General Aung San and other fallen leaders.

It was also attended by Patron of the Central Committee for Organizing the 70th Anniversary of Martyrs’ Day Vice President U Myint Swe, Pyithu Hluttaw Speaker U Win Myint, Amyotha Hluttaw Speaker Mahn Win Khaing Than, Chief Justice of the Union U Tun Tun Oo, Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, Deputy Pyithu Hluttaw Speaker U TKhun Myat, Deputy Amyotha Hluttaw Speaker U Aye Tha Aung, Chairman of the Central Committee for Organizing the 70th Anniversary of Martyrs’ Day Union Minister for Religious Affairs and Culture Thura U Aung Ko, Union Ministers, the Vice Chairman of the Central Committee for Organizing the 70th Anniversary of Martyrs’ Day Yangon Region Chief Minister, senior military officers from the Office of the Commanderin- Chief (Army), the Yangon Command commander, deputy ministers, representatives of the Pyithu Hluttaw and Amyotha Hluttaw, members of the Central Committee and Work Committees, departmental officials, families of the fallen leaders and guests.

First, State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Vice President U Myint Swe, Pyithu Hluttaw Speaker U Win Myint, Amyotha Hluttaw Speaker Mahn Win Khaing Than, Union Chief Justice U Tun Tun Oo and Senior General Min Aung Hlaing cordially greeted the family members of the fallen leaders at the parlour of the Mausoleum.

Next, Vice President U Myint Swe, Pyithu Hluttaw Speaker U Win Myint, Amyotha Hluttaw Speaker Mahn Win Khaing Than, Union Chief Justice U Tun Tun Oo, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing and Union Ministers laid wreaths at the Mausoleum of General Aung San and other fallen leaders and gave their salutes.

The State Flag of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar was flown at half-mast to mourn General Aung San and his eight colleagues while the Guard of Honour saluted by holding up their guns and the military band played mourning whistle. The attendees stood in silence for two minutes, praying for the fallen martyrs.

Then, families of fallen martyrs including U Hla Pe, who attended the ceremony on behalf of General Aung San’s son U Aung San Oo, and daughter State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi laid wreaths at the mausoleum, paid respects and shared merits for them.

Afterwards, the vice chairman of the Central Committee for Organizing 70th Anniversary of Martyrs’ Day the Yangon Region chief minister, region ministers, the region Hluttaw speaker and deputy speaker, lawmakers, and representatives of political parties laid wreaths at the mausoleum.

Next, representatives from social organizations including Myanmar War Veterans Organization, Myanmar Fire Brigade, Myanmar Red Cross Society, Myanmar Motion Picture Organization, Myanmar Music Association, Myanmar Thabin Association, Myanmar Artists and Artisans Association, Myanmar Publishers and Distributors Association, Myanmar Writers Association, Myanmar Journalists Association, Myanmar Women’s Affairs Federation, and Myanmar Maternal and Child Welfare Association laid wreaths and paid tribute to General Aung San and other martyrs at the Martyr’s Mausoleum.

Ambassadors, diplomats and representatives from foreign embassies and agencies under the European Union and the United Nations also laid wreaths and paid tribute at the mausoleum.

Then, people came to the mauoleum to pay their tribute in remembrance of the gratitude of General Aung San and other fallen leaders.

At the mausoleum where the 70th Anniversary of Martyrs’ Day 2017, the graphic boards featuring quotes and speeches of General Aung San, records and documentary photos of General Aung San and fallen leaders who sacrificed for regaining independence of the State are put on display for public observation.

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