Nay Pyi Taw March 27
To mark the 72nd Anniversary Armed Forces Day, the opening ceremony of the Memorial to Fallen Heroes (Nay Pyi Taw),which enshrines the inscriptions of the names of each hero who has bravely sacrificed his life while protecting territorial integrity and sovereignty of the State and hence owns the most noble and incomparable dignity, was held at 9 am this morning in Zeyathiri Township in Nay Pyi Taw Council Area, attended by Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Maha Thray Sithu Min Aung Hlaing.
The opening ceremony was also attended by Daw Kyu Kyu Hla, wife of the Senior General, Deputy Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Commander-in-Chief(Army) Vice -Senior General Thiri Pyanchi Soe Win, Union ministers, the Chief of General Staff (Army,Navy and Air), the Commander-in-Chief (Navy),the Commander-in-Chief (Air),retired senior military officers,senior military officers from the Office of the Commander-in-Chief, the commander of Nay Pyi Taw Command,chairpersons and representatives of political parties.
The Senior General officially opened the memorial, and pressed the button to light up the four stars beside the monument inside the memorial to honour the fallen heroes.
The Senior General then laid the wreath in front of the monument and together with attendees, saluted the fallen heroes who sacrificed their lives for the State and the Tatmadaw.
The Senior General and attendees then signed the visitors’ book of the memorial and looked round it. He then cordially greeted the retired senior military officers, and chairpersons and representatives of political parties.
The Memorial to Fallen Heroes (Nay Pyi Taw) was established to honour Myanmar’s heroes who sacrificed their lives in their fight for independence and protecting sovereignty of the country as well as heroes who sacrificed their lives in doing notable and courageous actions after the country regained sovereignty and independence. Moreover,the memorial is intended for the younger generations to remember those fallen heroes forever, and instil them with the love for the country, as well as the willingness to make sacrifices for the sake of their country.
The alabaster memorial was built on a 38.5-acre hill around 3,000 feet to the east of the military parade ground for Armed Forces Day, and the stake for the building was driven on March 29, 2016.It measures 54 feet each in length, height, and width and decorated with 34 carvings of Myanmar traditional arts and crafts. The road leading to the memorial is 1,646 feet long, and on the left side of the road, a 24,800-sqaure feet wide lake is built. The road is flanked by colourful,beautiful fl owers, creating scenic landscaping. Inside the memorial, there lies the four feet long, four feet wide and 12 feet high alabaster monument and on the walls of the memorial, the name of five heroes who sacrificed their lives while discharging State’s defence duties and therefore won Aung San Thuriya title,34 heroes who won Thiha Thura titles, and 271 heroes who won Thura title, and 1,478 who won hero awards were proudly inscribed in gold colour on eight ceramic boards measuring 12x11 feet so that the descendants can remember them. And in the south-west of the memorial,the military parade ground lies in grand solitude with the statues of three most powerful kings in Myanmar’s history.