Senior General Min Aung Hlaing honours soldiers, families for thwarting off attackers

Senior General Min Aung Hlaing greeting with Tatmadaw members and attendees. Photo: MNA
Senior General Min Aung Hlaing greeting with Tatmadaw members and attendees. Photo: MNA

Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing met with officers, soldiers and families from Tanai cantonment in Shaduzut Village on 18 March.
During the meeting, the Senior General said the Tatmadaw was not fighting ethnic nationals and religions but was defending the peace and stability of the country, administrative machinery of the government, and life and property of the people.
Later, the Senior General and his wife presented the officers, soldiers and families with a Buddha image, bibles, cash and food.
The Senior General’s wife also presented the cantonment’s maternal and child welfare association with cash, while the officials presented books, journals, sports equipment and cash donations.
In December 2017, the KIA armed group attacked the cantonment headquarters but were repulsed by officers, troops and families, who defended the headquarters courageously. A ceremony to hoist and install a diamond bud, vane and golden umbrella atop the Thousand Yahanda Shin Pin Myat Pagoda on Shwemoe Mountain, Mainar Village, Waingmaw Township, Kachin State, was held yesterday morning.
Sanghas led by Myitkyina Town Dhamma Rakhita Wuntho Monastery patron Sayadaw Agga Maha Pandita Agga Maha Gandavasaka Pandita Sasanadhaja Dhamma Cariya Bhaddanta Kaytumala graced the ceremony, along with Tatmadaw Commander-in-Chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, wife Daw Kyu Kyu Hla, Kachin State Chief Minister Dr. Khet Aung, senior Tatmadaw officers and their wives, Northern Command Commander Maj-Gen Nyi Nyi Swe, state ministers, departmental officials, invited guests and the local people in attendance.
Tatmadaw Commander-in-Chief and his party hoisted the diamond bud and vane on to the pagoda with a ceremonial flying horse drawn carriage, and the Sanghas consecrated the pagoda. After the ceremony, Tatmadaw Commander-in-Chief and his wife and other attendees offered “soon” to the Sanghas.
The Shwemoe Taung (mountain) pagoda is some one mile north of Bala Min Htin Bridge over the Ayeyarwady River and was constructed with money donated by Tatmadaw (Army, Navy, Air) families and the people. The pagoda is 77 feet high and has a statue of Buddha made from granite, obtained from the Shwemoe Mountain.— Myanmar News Agency

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