A ceremony to confer titles for bravery was held yesterday morning in the Theater Room at the Presidential Palace, where President U HtinKyaw spoke before conferring the honours.
In his address, the President welcomed attendees and invited guests with wishes for “mingalar” (auspiciousness), and spoke of the significance of holding the ceremony to honour bravery on Independence Day.
“Today is an unforgettable, auspicious day of independence as well as a day to honour with titles the persons who contributed their unselfish efforts with unwavering commitment toward building up the nation, and those who served their country bravely without a thought for their own personal interests”,
U HtinKyaw said.
“During the time of our fathers and grandfathers, they strove to protect the sovereignty of the country and failed, so independence was lost. To become a sovereign state from being a colony was not an easy task. Unity of the ethnic nationals was built up with difficulty over many years.”
“The independence gained and sovereignty achieved through such difficulties demonstrates the heart of the people of Myanmar, and only when the sovereignty is firm and strong will all ethnic nationals be healthy in both soul and body.”
“To become an independent sovereign Republic of the Union of Myanmar was through the leadership of Bogyoke Aung San and the courage, effort and united strength of all ethnic nationals in the country. The independence achieved through the efforts of such leaders and our forefathers needs to be retained as long as this world exists through our united efforts according to tradition. At the same time, we, the Myanmar people, all have the duty to make our country modern, developed, peaceful and stable.”
“Thus, with an aim toward establishing a peaceful, modern and developed state, the sovereign powers of the country, the legislative, administrative and judicial powers are divided as much as possible so that there are checks and balances.”
“In doing this, the ceremony today is held to award titles to honourable persons who put in extraordinary contributions, disregarding their lives and limbs with firm minds, with exemplary and amazing bravery for the security of the nation, rule of law, peace and stability of the area and nation building. Upon the recommendation of the scrutiny board, five Thura titles will be awarded.”
“The titles and badges conferred today are a symbol by the grateful State on recipients who have successfully overcome difficulties and obstacles in their lives. I believe the titles are a symbol of honour for their offspring as well as a driving force toward the construction of a modern and developed nation. Honouring those worthy of honour is in accord with the “mingala sutra” and the State is honouring them for their efforts toward the State.”
“In conclusion, I would like to tell all our people to participate and help in rule of law, internal peace, amending the constitution, establishing a Democratic
Federal Republic so that our nation will be in existence for a long time and become modern and developed.”
“Retain the good tradition of maintaining and protecting the nation’s sovereignty and independence in unity and without regional, racial and religious prejudices. Let your good examples be taken up by your offspring” said the President in conclusion.
The President then conferred the Thura bravery titles to No. 386 Light Infantry Regiment Lt-Col ZawLwinSoe (BC-32340), No. 34 Bomber Squadron Major Zeya Tun (Air-3093), U Han Kaung, brother of No. 386 Light Infantry Regiment Corporal Ye Nwam (Ta/432058), U Bo Thein, father of No. 386 Light Infantry Regiment Lance Corporal Myo Chit (Ta/451109) and No.
386 Light Infantry Regiment Lance Corporal TunTun (Ta/451117).
The ceremony was attended by First Lady Daw Su SuLwin, State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Vice President U MyintSwe and wife, Vice President U Henry Van Thio and wife, PyithuHluttaw Speaker U Win Myint and wife, AmyothaHluttaw Speaker Mahn Win Khaing Than and wife, Union Chief Justice U HtunHtunOo, Tatmadaw Commander-in-Chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing and wife, Constitutional Tribunal of Myanmar Chairperson U MyoNyunt and wife, Union Election Commission Chairman U Hla Thein and wife, Tatmadaw Deputy Commander-in-Chief and Commander-in-Chief (Army) Vice Senior General Soe Win and wife, PyithuHluttaw Deputy Speaker U T KhunMyat and wife, AmyothaHluttaw Deputy Speaker U AyeTha Aung and wife, PyidaungsuHtuttaw’s Legal Affairs and Special Cases Assessment Commission Chairman Thura U Shwe Mann and wife, Union Ministers, Union Attorney General, Union Auditor General, Union Civil Service Board Chairman, Chief-of-Staff (Army, Navy, Air), senior officers from Commander-in-Chief (Army) Office and their wives, Hluttaw Affairs committee chairmen and
Hluttaw representatives, Deputy Ministers, recipients of the bravery titles and their family members.—Myanmar News Agency