A grand ceremony was held at the Maha Bandoola Park in Yangon in commemoration of the 71st Independence Day yesterday.
The ceremony featured the raising and saluting of the national flag.
The flag was hoisted at 4:20 am, the hour when Myanmar gained her independence from the British Empire.
A ceremony to salute the national flag was held at 4:25 am and Chief Minister of Yangon Region U Phyo Min Thein took the salute from the Guard of Honour and saluted the flag together with the people. Those present at the ceremony also paid tribute to fallen leaders and soldiers.
Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein also read a message sent from President U Win Myint on the occasion of the 71st Independence Day.
Also present at the ceremony were Speaker of Yangon Region Hluttaw U Tin Maung Tun, Commander of Yangon Command Maj-Gen Thet Pon, Yangon Region Chief Justice U Hla Aye, MPs of Yangon Region Parliament, senior military officers, representatives from political parties, departmental officials, ethnic people, students from respective Universities and local people.
—Thant Zin Win, Zaw Min Latt
(Translated by Kyaw Zin Lin)