Everybody knows many numbers of the people who sacrificed their lives in independence struggle comprise not only patriotic ethnic people but members of the Sangha, said Chairman of the State Administration Council Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Maha Thray Sithu Min Aung Hlaing at the ceremony to present medals and certificates for military gallantry at Zeyathiri Beikman in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday afternoon.
Speaking on the occasion, the Senior General said safeguarding the nation for ensuring non-disintegration of the independence and sovereignty is the historic duty of all citizens. On the occasion of Independence Day, good citizens who served the State with courage and sacrifice of lives and limbs are honoured as they are deserved to be honoured. Such works are done for examples that new generation youths and new generation Tatmadaw members would emulate.
The independence and sovereignty of a country are of great importance. Everybody knows many numbers of the people who sacrificed their lives in the independence struggle comprise not only patriotic ethnic people but members of the Sangha. Their names have been recorded in Myanmar’s history till today as a saying goes: “Martyrs never die” despite passing many years. The modern Myanmar Tatmadaw which emerged together with the independence struggle turned out a large number of heroes in line with the concept that “Courageous soldiers never go to hell”. Names of patriotic heroes would never disappear and would flourish in the motherland of Myanmar forever.
Ethnic national people residing in the country wish to enjoy the fruits of peace and stability of the State and to do their livelihoods in peace. The Tatmadaw is defending the State and safeguarding the people. Basic principles on peace and stability, unity and development were adopted as part of serving the national political duties.
Due to voting frauds called political scandals which happened in the 2020 multiparty democracy general election, the Tatmadaw has been temporarily taking the State responsibilities in accord with the 2008 Constitution for about one year. The State Administration Council which has adopted the roadmap and objectives is striving for placing the State on the correct path. The point included in the five-point road map “Emphasis will be placed on achieving peace for the entire nation in line with the agreements set out in the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement” expresses how the Tatmadaw emphasizes peace in performing national politics.
At the ceremony held this morning at the office of the State Administration Council, Thray Sithu title was conferred on one person, Sithu title on 10, Thura title on one and Zeya Kyaw Htin title on 17. This ceremony, Gallantry medal title will be conferred on six persons, Excellent Medal in Science (First Class) on eight, Gallantry certificate of the Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services on two, and Honorary certificate of the Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services on two, totalling 18. On behalf of the Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services, relevant military command commanders will present the Gallantry Certificate of the Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services to 40 persons and the Honorary Certificate of the Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services to 82 at the same time.
The Senior General urged new generations to emulate the good concept and belief of comrades who dutifully served the assigned duties with the sacrifice of life and limbs with the concept “Courageously sacrifice life without fear in serving the State duty even encountering enemies such as the dragon and lion”, and should try hard to become the good patriotic Tatmadaw members and heroes on whom the State and the people rely in line with the Gambhisara Poem of Shin Mararatthasara.
The Senior General presented gallantry medal to one Major, one Captain, two Sergeants and two Lance Corporals, Excellent Medal in Science to six Lieutenant-Colonels and two Majors, Gallantry Certificate of the Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services to one Lieutenant-Colonel and one Major and Honorary Certificate of the Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services to one Colonel and one Captain.
The Senior General and party posed for documentary photos with Tatmadaw members and inheritors who accepted the gallantry medals.
The medal and title winners were served with tea with the entertainment of Myawady Entertainment Troupe.
The Senior General then cordially greeted the medal and title winners.
With regard to the number of winners who secured the gallantry medals and certificates at the Tatmadaw till January 2021, there are six recipients in the Aung San Thuriya title, 50 in the Thiha Thura title, 546 in the Thura title, six in the Thiha Bala title, 1,860 in gallantry certificate, 2,018 in gallantry medal, 339 in the gallantry certificate of the Supreme Commander, 2,987 in gallantry certificate of the Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services, nine in the honorary certificate of the Supreme Commander and 1,901 in the honorary certificate of the Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services. — MNA