Egypt's Armed Forces mark annual Martyrs and Veterans Day

Ahram Online , Wednesday 9 Mar 2022

Egypt commemorated on Wednesday morning the 35th anniversary of the Armed Forces’ Martyrs and Veterans Day at Al-Manara International Conference Centre, Cairo, in the attendance of President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi.

President El-Sisi

Egypt commemorated on Wednesday morning the 35th anniversary of the Armed Forces’ Martyrs and Veterans Day at Al-Manara International Conference Centre, Cairo, in the attendance of President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi.

The day, marked annually on 9 March, was designated in honour of former army chief of staff Abdel-Moneim Riad who died on 9 March 1969. 

Riad and a number of his aides were killed in an Israeli mortar attack on the Egyptian front during the post-1967 War of Attrition between the two countries.

Attendees of the event included the Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly, the ministers of interior and defence, the House of Representatives and Senate speakers, as well as actors and public figures.

In his speech during the event, the president said, "for those who sacrificed their lives… we promise to make sure that [Egypt] is preserved in a way that honours your blood."

 The sacrifices of Egypt's youth for their country should be cherished, the president added, expressing his gratitude for the martyrs' families and the security personnel who were injured in terrorist attacks. 

"The stories of every martyr are a treasure trove of loyalty and humanity," El-Sisi added.

"We continue not only to preserve Egypt, because this is no longer enough, but [rather] we continue to build it," he pointed out. 

"When our war on terrorism began in 2013 and 2014, people used to wonder whether this nightmare would last forever. [But] I had faith in God that this nightmare would end."

Since the ouster of president Mohamed Morsi in 2013, Egypt has been fighting an Islamist insurgency led by the Islamic State’s branch in North Sinai, formerly known as Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis. Hundreds of soldiers and police have been killed. 

Though Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis is at the forefront of militant groups launching attacks against security targets, smaller militant groups — most notably Hasm and Lewaa Al-Thawra — have emerged later on.

The Armed Forces have launched a major counterterrorist drive in 2018, Comprehensive Operation Sinai 2018, that has succeeded in almost eradicating terrorism from the Nile Valley and Delta, reducing it to the peripheries, and by 2020 terrorist operations in Sinai were at record lows compared to the previous decade.

During the event, El-Sisi honoured the "Ideal Mother" and some of the families of police and army victims.

During the event, a documentary was screened under the title The Brave Army. A play was also performed starring renowned actors. The play focused on martyrs' sacrifices and the anguish of their families. 

Arts, such as drama, convey events one may not experience but help transfer them to every home, El-Sisi noted. 

On Tuesday, El-Sisi delegated Minister of Defence and Military Production Mohamed Zaki to lay a wreath at the Memorial of the Armed Forces Martyrs in Nasr City.

The defence minister paid tribute to former president Mohamed Anwar El-Sadat and senior commanders of the Armed Forces.

He also delegated army officers to lay wreaths at the Unknown Soldier Memorial for Egyptian and Arab soldiers to mark the occasion. 

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