Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing said that Tatmadaw personnel are required to follow the guidance of General Aung San with all seriousness If they really respects and admires the founding father of Tatmadaw, General Aung San, at Centenary Birthday of late General Aung San held at Zeyathiri Beikman in Nay Pyi Taw on Friday.
The senior general urged the personnel to practically repay the gratitude of General Aung San by swearing loyalty to the people while upholding the belief that the Tatmadaw will never be disloyal to national cause.
Present were wife of the senior general, Daw Kyu Kyu Hla, Deputy Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services and Commander-in-Chief (Army) Vice-Senior General Soe Win and wife, and senior officers and wives.
In his speech, the senior general said Myanmar lost her sovereignty to colonialists as it did not possess a modern army at that time and a pragmatic concept emerged that a modern army must be built to ward off the colonialists and to regain independence.
Thirty comrades led by General Aung San went to Japan for military training to found Burma Independence Army on 27 December 1941 and it managed to regain independence after sacrificing the lives of Tatmadaw personnel and the people.
The Tatmadaw is working in the interests of the people and the country with the spirit nurtured by General and The Tatmadaw was able to emancipate the country and the people from chaos during the post-independence period when ideological and racial conflicts dragged the country into a crisis, according to the senior general.
In conclusion, the senior general said that the Tatmadaw laid the foundation for democracy desired by the people during the era of Tatmadaw government and is now helping the government elected by the people to strengthen the democratic system. Then, Lt-Gen Thaung Aye and Brig-Gen Soe Win read out the papers on General Aung San’s independence struggle and efforts for national unity.
The senior general and party viewed round the exhibition of rare photographs, personal items, manuscripts and quotations of General Aung San.