A woman with 2-year-old son’s legs astride on her hip and concurrently 6-year-old son with her another hand, moved on to the gallant soldiers’ mausoleum situated near the northern part of the sacred Shwedagon Pagoda, with solemn steps. She, Daw Nyunt Nyunt Sein, was here to attend the ceremony held for the third time in honor of unsung heroes who gave their lives for the nation during the reign of consecutive governments. The ceremony was observed at the gallant soldiers’ mausoleum in Bahan township, Yangon at 9 a.m on December 4.
“My husband had fallen in the frontier area, and I came here today to greet and give words of condolence to my fellow families,” said the widow standing up to difficulties in her existence, together with her sons.
Major Hein Thu, the lady’s spouse was a Tatmatawman who sacrificed his life for the country, in Mongnaung area of Shan State on 10 November, 2015.
The ceremony was held in commemoration and honor of fallen soldiers, or rather unsung heroes, who did fight for Independence since the time before Myanmar had not gained her Independence and those killed unknown to public in frontier areas while fighting internal & external foes that harmed the sovereignty, peace and stability of the country.
The mausoleum was built with the aim of honoring the national heroes who had fallen in the battles while fighting against colonialists, those who fought for gaining Independence of the country from the colonialists and the soldiers who were killed in battles fighting against destructive elements trying to harm the national sovereignty until now, it is learnt.
Lt-Gen Myint Soe (Rtd), a participant in the ceremony disclosed, “Holding such ceremonies may plant seeds of spirit that they did for the Tatmataw and for the country and the people will be convinced who sacrificed their lives for the country from such ceremonies.”
In the ceremony held today, the poet named Ah Lin Yaung who prosed and recited herself the poet, “Heroes will never die” expressed her words of feeling, “I composed this poem from my vicarious feelings of soldiers’ lives and their families’ existences, aiming at honoring unsung heroes and giving message that heroes will never die.” She went on to say, “It made me sad to see families of the fillen heroes attending the ceremony with gloomy faces.”
Those present at the ceremony saluted the National Flag, giving 2-minute salute to Bogyoke Aung San and fallen unsung heroes and releasing doves, a symbol of peace.
The gallant mausoleum was set up as a symbol of a turning point in Myanmar history on 27 September 1943 near northern part of Shwedagon Pagoda in Bahan township by Bogyoke Aung San. Later, in June 1989, 11-foot-high monument made up from marble stone was built in honor of soldiers who gave their lives with noble spirits by the State Law & Order Restoration Council.
At the bottom of the monument, there is written the wording—“Heroes are saluted for their brave sacrifices in fighting colonialists & defending independence,” with the wordings—“Soldiers will never die and go to hell upon death,” on the left side of the entrance and “Incomparable virtue of the noblest sacrifice,” on the right side written respectively.
U Tin Ko Win, a retired army captain, of the ceremony observance working committee said, “There was scarity of such observance in honor of unsung heroes in previous reigns of governments, hence the arrangement to observe annually. Those killed in battles sacrificed their lives, not for getting awards and being recognized as heroes by the people. We will never forget their sacrifices and noble spirits.”
While freeing a dove, a symbol of peace, into the sky, Daw Nyunt Nyunt Sein who came to honor her husband and fellow unsung heroes expressed her wish, “We want our nation to be peaceful as soon as possible, void of any fightings.”
Min Thit (MNA)