Tens of thousands pay respects to Martyrs at Mausoleum on 71st Martyrs’ Day
At an event for the 71st Martyrs’ Day held yesterday at the Martyrs’ Mausoleum in Yangon, State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi laid a wreath at the monument of her father, Bogyoke Aung San, and paid silent homage.
The State Counsellor would be one of at least 100,000 in Yangon who came out yesterday to pay their respects to Bogyoke Aung San and the seven other leaders of the pre-independence government, and one bodyguard —ThakHin Mya, U Ba Cho, U Razak, U Ba Win, Mahn Ba Khaing, Sao San Tun, U Ohn Maung and Ko Htwe—all of whom were assassinated 71 years ago.
Present at yesterday’s event at the Martyrs’ Mausoleum near the northern gate of Shwedagon Pagoda were 71st Anniversary of Martyrs’ Day Convening Central Committee Patron Vice President U Myint Swe, Pyithu Hluttaw Speaker U T Khun Myat, Amyotha Hluttaw Speaker Mahn Win Khaing Than, Union Chief Justice U Htun Htun Oo, Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, Pyithu Hluttaw Deputy Speaker U Tun Tun Hein, Amyotha Hluttaw Deputy Speaker U Aye Tha Aung, 71st Anniversary of Martyrs’ Day Convening Central Committee Chairman Union Minister for Religious Affairs and Culture Thura U Aung Ko, Central Committee Vice Chairman Yangon Region Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein, senior Tatmadaw officers from Commander-in-Chief (Army) Office, Yangon Command Commander, Deputy Ministers, Hluttaw representatives, 71st Anniversary of Martyrs’ Day Convening Central Committee and work committee members, departmental officials, families of the martyrs and invited guests.
Before the laying of the wreaths, the State Counsellor, the 71st Anniversary of Martyrs’ Day Convening Central Committee Patron Vice President U Myint Swe, Pyithu Hluttaw Speaker U T Khun Myat, Amyotha Hluttaw Speaker Mahn Win Khaing Than, Union Chief Justice U Htun Htun Oo and Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing cordially greeted the families of the Martyrs.
After greeting the families, U Myint Swe, U T Khun Myat, Mahn Win Khaing Than, U Htun Htun Oo, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing and Union Ministers paid tribute to the Martyrs by placing wreaths in front of the monuments of the Martyrs.
At that moment, the flag of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar was lowered to half-mast, the guard of honour paid tribute with a multiple gun salute and a military bugle sounded the Last Post. A two-minute silence was observed to honour and pray for Bogyoke Aung San and the martyred leaders.
Following the ceremonial tributes, on behalf of Bogyoke Aung San’s son U Aung San Oo, nephew U Ye Aung Than and daughter of Bogyoke Aung San State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and families of the Martyrs also laid wreaths in front of the monuments.
Yangon Region Chief Minister and regional ministers, Speaker and Deputy Speaker of Yangon Region Hluttaw, Hluttaw representatives, representatives from political parties, associations, UN agencies, European Union and foreign embassies then paid tribute to Bogyoke Aung San and the Martyrs.
Among the organizations and associations that laid wreaths and paid tributes were Myanmar War Veterans Organisation, Myanmar Fire Services Department, Myanmar Red Cross Society, Myanma Motion Picture Asiayone, Myanmar Music Asiayone, Myanmar Thabin Asiayone, Myanmar Artists and Sculptures Asiayone (Central), Myanmar Writers Asiayone, Myanmar Journalists Association, Myanmar Press Council, Myanmar Women’s Affairs Federation and Myanmar Maternal and Child Welfare
A total of 51,071 persons from the public paid their respects on 71st Martyrs’ Day at the Martyrs’ Mausoleum in Yangon. A few kilometres away in Bahan Township, 20,213 members of the public visited Bogyoke Aung San Museum, while 19,726 members of the public visited the Ministers’ Office, also known as the Secretariat, in Botahtaung Township, where Bogyoke Aung San and leaders were assassinated.