19 July 2018
The 71st Anniversary of Martyrs’ Day was observed at Martyrs’ Mausoleum in Yangon on Thursday, the 19th of July.
State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Vice President U Myint Swe, Pyithu Hluttaw Speaker U T Khun Myat , Amyotha Hluttaw Speaker Mahn Win Khaing Than, Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing and other high ranking officials paid tribute to General Aung San and eight other fallen heroes.
Daughter of General Aung San, State Counsellor, H.E. Aung San Suu Kyi said “I’d like to say Thank you to those who came and paid respects at the Martyrs’ Mausoleum. Remembering the history can guide the people to decide what should be and what shouldn’t be for the future. We don’t have the rights to say don’t forget the Martyrs’ Day but the people need to analyze what should be forgotten and what shouldn’t be. Making the right decision is one of the duties of a citizen.”
Pyithu Hluttaw Speaker, H.E. T Khun Myat said “We have respect for those who fought for the country’s independence and who sacrificed their lives for the country. We will keep walking the path laid down by the national heroes. The new generations need to know that there are people who fought and lost their lives for the country’s sovereignty.”
Commander-in-Chief, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing said “Unity is the only thing which can bring a peaceful, prosperous and developed country, following the independence by the efforts by General Aung San and fallen heroes. Unity can give development. Equity and fairness are important too.”
Also, other family members of fallen heroes paid tribute by laying wreaths and they expressed their feeling.
Nephew of Yebaw Ko Htwe, Lt. Col Aung Ko Ko said “Whenever the Martyrs’ Day falls, I feel sorry for the loss of General Aung San and eight heroes. They tried to gain independence and sovereignty by unity. Due to their priceless efforts, we now can live in the independent country.”
Grandson of General Aung San said “I am proud to be here to pay tribute to my grandfather General Aung San. I wish the country will develop more and more.”
Family Member of Thakin Mya, Ye Myint Aung said “It’s already been 71 years. Martyrs’ Day makes the family to be sentimental. The Martyrs’ Day will never be forgotten.”
Members of political parties, NGOs and diplomats also paid tribute to independence heroes.
Daughter of Mahn Ba Khaing, Nant Khin Htay Yi Khaing said “When my father was assassinated, I was seven years old. I miss my father when the Martyrs’ Day falls. Today, I am pleased to see people come to the Martyrs’ Mausoleum and pay tribute to the fallen heroes.”
Son of Mongpun Chieftain Sao San Tun said “It’s been 71 years and we can’t forget the loss of my father and the fallen heroes.”
Martyrs’ Day is observed on the 19th of July to commemorate General Aung San and eight others who were assassinated on that day in 1947.