October 19, 2017

Paying tribute at memorial for fallen soldiers

U Sein Myint. Photo: Zaw Min Latt
U Sein Myint. Photo: Zaw Min Latt

In a misty morning, a senior citizen walks with a crutch to the northern archway of the Shwedagon pagoda. He fails to cover the sadenss on his face. He walks toward the Memorial to Fallen Heroes near the Martyrs’ Mausoleum in Yangon.
Veteran soldier U San Shwe was there to join a ceremony to pay tribute to fallen heroes at the memorial. He lost his leg when he stepped on a land mine in southern Shan State in 1988.
Among the veteran soldiers at the ceremony, vocalist Li Li Naing Kyaw said: “We should hold this kind of ceremony every year to honour those who sacrificed their lives for our country.”
The ceremony attracted veterans of different ranks. What is special about this event is that the event was organised by the neither government nor the defence services. It was organised by the people in profound appreciation of those who risked life and limb while defending the country’s territorial integrity.
Former Lt-Gen Tun Kyi was among those present at the ceremony. This public-initiated event was first organised on the first Sunday of December last year, and this year’s event was the second one.

People pay tribute at memorial for fallen soldiers near mausoleum of national heroes. . Photo: Zaw Min Latt
People pay tribute at memorial for fallen soldiers near mausoleum of national heroes. . Photo: Zaw Min Latt

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