Respect paid to retired military officers who attend 72nd Anniversary Armed Forces Day by families of Tatmadaw (Army, Navy and Air) and Independence Mawgun Award winners

Nay Pyi Taw March 27

A ceremony to pay respect to retired senior military officers who attended the 72nd Anniversary Armed Forces Day by the families of Tatmadaw (Army, Navy and Air) took place at Zeyathiri Parlour in Nay Pyi Taw this afternoon.

The respect-paying ceremony was attended by 37 retired senior military officers and 14 wives.

First, Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing said the retired military officers were the parents and teachers of the Tatmadaw. They were the Tatmadaw leaders who had attitude: “Once a soldier, Always a soldier”. Continued efforts were to be made for further progress of the Tatmadaw by paying heed to their words and following in their steps. Obedience and having better military codes of conduct was a good tradition of the Tatmadaw. Likewise, being loyal to the country and good dignity were essential not only for military leaders but also for all Tatmadawmen. The successors would continue maintaining the Tatmadaw’s fine traditions handed down by the senior officers. The Tatmadaw was building up its strength with an attitude that the Tatmadaw was only for the country and the people. The families of Tatmadaw (Army, Navy and Air) were very happy for the presence of retired senior military officers at the military parade and the respect-paying ceremony without supposing their old age. He urged them to promote the strength of the Tatmadaw by attending the ceremony in the coming years.

On behalf of the families of Tatmadaw (Army, Navy and Air), the Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services and wife Daw Kyu Kyu Hla, the Deputy Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Commander-in-Chief (Army) and wife, Union ministers and their wives, senior military officers from the Office of the Commander-in-Chief and their wives and the guests paid respect to retired senior military officers according to Myanmar tradition.

Afterwards, on behalf of the retired senior military officers, Maj-Gen Thura Saw Phyu (Retd) said the respect-paying ceremony could reflect the family spirit of the Tatmadaw. He honoured the Tatmadaw’s efforts and capabilities for the country under the leadership of the Commander-in-Chief. Brig-Gen HlaTun (Retd) said he made a wish for the respect-paying. The Tatmadaw was only a strong and united organization which could implement duties and sermons delivered by the Warso Sayardaw for the flourishing of the Buddhism and Buddha Sasana and standing as Myanmar nationals proudly in the international.

Afterwards, Lt-Gen Tun Kyi (Retd) said he would like to express thanks for taking care of retried military officers as parents. Nowadays, the Tatmadaw had to perform its duties with greater responsibility and difficulties. And he called on the Tatmadaw to promote its combat power and capability. After that, General TheinSein (Retd) who served as president said while in the military, he could successfully perform his heavy duties thanks to the instructions and training by his seniors. The Tatmadaw spirit was never old even though they were becoming older. The Tatmadaw spirit was to be handed down. The Tatmadaw would exist as long as the country existed. The country would not exist any longer when the Tatmadaw broke into piece. For building up a strong Tatmadaw, efforts should be made to become the Tatmadaw equipped with patriotic sprits and capabilities.

Afterwards, the Comman-der-in-Chief of Defence Servi-ces explained the Tatmadaw’s plan to implement war veterans housing and the home for the aged projects for war veterans. The Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services and party presented gifts to the retried senior military officers.

After the ceremony, they posed for documentary photo. Then, the Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services and senior military officers of the Tatma-daw (Army, Navy and Air) and their wives cordially greeted the retired senior military officers.

Likewise, the Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services and wife, accompanied by the Deputy Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Commander-in-Chief (Army) and wife, cordially greeted the retired senior military officers at BayintnaungVilla where they stay, this morning.

After that, the Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services paid respect to four Independence Mawgun first-class award winners, nine second-class winners and eight third-class winners, including Inde-pendence Mawgun third-class award winner Old Private U Kyaw Zaing (a) U Kyaw Zan from Bo Yan NaingTroop under the Burma Independence Army (BIA).

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