Military parade to mark 73rd Anniversary of Armed Forces Day held in Nay Pyi Taw

The military parade marches past the three giant statues of Mynmar’s historic kings. Photo: MNA
The military parade marches past the three giant statues of Mynmar’s historic kings. Photo: MNA

Tatmadaw Commander-in-Chief Senior General Maha Thayay Sithu Min Aung Hlaing attended the 73rd Anniversary of the Armed Forces Day military parade held on the Nay Pyi Taw parade ground yesterday morning.
At the parade, he received the salute of the parading forces and delivered a speech.
At 5 a.m. yesterday morning, Tatmadaw (army, navy, air force) personnel, the Tatmadaw (army) women parade company, Tatmadaw Navy Seals, women special force members, the Myanmar Police Force and the Myanmar Police Force women parade company took up their respective positions at the Thittat Parade Ground and marched towards the parade ground.
Along the route towards the parade ground, Daw Kyu Kyu Hla, wife of Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services; Daw Than Than Nwe, wife of Deputy Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services; wives of Tatmadaw senior officers; officers; soldiers and families from the Tatmadaw Commander-in-Chief’s Office and Nay Pyi Taw Command honored the marching troops with flower garlands.
Some 12,434 troops from the Tatmadaw and the Myanmar Police Force marched and took up positions at the parade ground.
The parade was attended by Pyithu Hluttaw Speaker U T Khun Myat, Union Election Commission Chairman U Hla Thein, Amyotha Hluttaw Deputy Speaker U Aye Tha Aung, Union Ministers, Chief of General Staff (army, navy, air force) General Zeya Kyaw Htin Mya Tun Oo, Commander-in-Chief (Navy) Admiral Zeya Kyaw Htin Tin Aung San, Commander-in-Chief (Air force) General Zeya Kyaw Htin Maung Maung Kyaw and Tatmadaw senior officers, as well as Independence Mawgun Award winners, retired Tatmadaw senior officers, the Hluttaw committees chairmen, the Hluttaws representatives of Tatmadaw, 2017 military gallantry award winners and families, representatives of ethnic armed organizations that have signed the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement, People’s Militia and Frontier Force commanding group, military attaches, officials from the Myanmar Police Force, fire brigade, Myanmar Red Cross, veterans’ organizations, students from University for the Development of National Races, University Training Corps personnel, members of Myanmar Press Council, artistes, winners of military songs, poems, short and long story composing/writing competitions, administrators and trainers of naval and air youth programmes, and trainees and invited guests.
After the marching columns have taken up their respective positions on the parade ground, Senior General Maha Thayay Sithu Min Aung Hlaing entered the parade ground, accompanied by horse riding escorts and took up his position on the dais and received the salute of the Tatamadaw and the Myanmar Police Force personnel.
The Tatmadaw Commander-in-Chief then inspected the troops on the parade ground, after which Myanmar’s national flag was given the salute, while the national anthem was played by the central military band.
The fallen soldires were also saluted and the Tatamadaw and the Myanmar Police Force personnel assembled at the parade ground took the four oaths.

Commander in Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing inspects troops yesterday in Nay Pyi Taw. Photo: MNA
Commander in Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing inspects troops yesterday in Nay Pyi Taw. Photo: MNA

Following this, the Tatmadaw Commander-in-Chief delivered a speech.
It is necessary to be a strong, capable, modern and patriotic Tatmadaw to protect the country well, so as not our independence and sovereignty to be violated. As the saying goes, “Only when the Tatmadaw is strong, will the Nation be strong”, we must build our Tatmadaw to have combat power and combat prowess, said Senior General Min Aung Hlaing.
Today, our country is marching as the modern and developed democracy one. Democracy is a negotiation of different views from multiple directions and it is the way to live cohesively with the same attitudes. Whichever policies have been pursued in the country, there shall be laws, rules and regulations promulgated. In democracy, there is freedom of speech in line with democracy norms but these must also be in accordance with the rules and regulations ratified and accountability as well. Discipline is the road map of development. Baseless speech leads to animosity and degrades the prestige of our country, hindering the nation building, he added.
He continued to say that in the advanced communication networks of today, information seems to abundantly burst so our military personnel need to think analytically through perception. Soon after the independence, the stooges of political parties, to win elections, could be observed to have instigated the Tatmadawthrough various ways, with the aim of exploiting the Tatmadaw in their power tug of war. Thus, baseless speech to disintegrate the Tatmadaw and to lower her prestige will have to be reacted with care and consciousness.
For many years, over 130 ethnic groups had coexisted peacefully in Myanmar. Among ethnic groups, some are up to hundred-thousands but some are just handful by population.
However, population is not the main matter and rights are equitable for all kinds of ethnics as the Constitution states. Although the majority believes in Buddhism there has also been freedom of worship for other religions. Thus, speech causing illusion must be restrained in relation to religion, said Senior General Min Aung Hlaing.
Soon after the independence, disparity in ideology, ethnicity, and religion came up due to divided rules of the British imperialist during their terms and the armed conflicts have been still remaining to date. To get peace, successive governments convened peace talks. And now, in our country translating multiparty democracy into practice, we must find solutions through political means as claims with arms are not necessary. With this meet, it is obligatory to carry out based on the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement-NCA route that can practically meet the voices of the entire people, said the Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services.
The Tatmadaw has signed the NCA and been cooperating to stabilize and firmly establish the current political process in accord with the provisions of NCA.
In the continuation of the mechanisms of perpetual peace via NCA for the entire people to enjoy the fruitfulness of stability, peace and development in the quickest time, the reunification processes for security affairs are to be developed. During the peace talks, it will be more practical to negotiate about probable things, in view of long-term benefit instead of claiming the impossible ones and procrastinating time. As the armed conflicts broke out, bringing instability, the country legged behind the ASEAN community without having development. Therefore, to catch up with the others, we need to quicken our pace. In this respect, all the people should bear in mind “Myanmar Spirit” without racial and religious discrimination, and to strive for the country’s development in cohesive union. Instead of pointing to the past and finding faults, it is now a high time to learn the lessons from the past and to conduct for the country’s development.
The main task of Tatmadaw is the National Defence which will be conducted by joining hands with the entire people. In defining the term ‘Defence’, it varies depending on historical background of the states, he said.
Whoever the government is, whatever the political system is, the main task of Tatmadaw is to serve for national defence and national politics. I would also like to stress that the main duties of the Tatmadaw are to safeguard Our Three Main National Causes, the State Constitution, the lives and property of the people with her adornment and the works contributing to State’s interest and Public interest together with national awareness.
In conclusion, he urged the members of the Tatmadaw to continue Tatmadaw’s traditions of national politics that have been successively preserved in delegate manner as the following objectives of 73rd Annivesary Armed forces Day have specified:
– To help the successful establishment of State’s peace and prosperity, development, and unity through cohesive nation of the entire people.
– To uphold the continuation of Tatmadaw’sendeavour to steadfastly walk on the path of multy party democratic system as the Union based on democratic and federal system, with the adornment of Our Three Main National Causes.
– To cooperate in the upright deals of political means, for the internal armed conflict resolution attaining nationwide perpetual peace, in accordance with the law.
– To carry out the sustainable development enhancing three capabilities, for the Tatmadaw to become a Standard Army, in line with the Tatmadaw’s mechanism, “Study, Practise, Comply”.
After the speech, the assembled troops marched in formation to salute the Tatmadaw Commander-in-Chief and marched out of the parade ground. Tatmadaw Navy Seals and the Women Special Force members rappelled off hovering helicopters above the marching formations and joined the troops marching out of the parade ground. As the troops marched, the Tatmadaw (Air) helicopters displaying flags flew overhead, followed by the various Tatmadaw (Air) fighters, attack helicopters, trainers, jet trainers, multi-purpose jet fighters and interceptors conducting a fly-by.
After the troops have marched out, the Tatmadaw Commander-in-Chief greeted the guests attending the parade and left the parade ground after concluding the 2018 73rd Anniversary of the Armed Forces Day military parade.—Myanmar News Agency

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