January 15: 5 Ways We Celebrate Nigerian Soldiers
Today is the Nigerian Armed Forces Remembrance Day.
It is customary to observe the Armed Forces Day on January 15 to remember officers and men who laid down their lives for the unity of our country.
The Day is to celebrate both the dead and the living heroes including all those who suffered various deprivations as a result of war.
Here are five things you may not know about the event
1. The Day was initially marked on the 11th of November every year to coincide with the Remembrance Day popularly known as “Poppy Day” or
“11 – 11” for the first and Second World War veterans in all commonwealth countries.
2. It was changed to 15 January of every year in Nigeria in commemoration of the surrender of Biafran troops to the Federal troops on 15 January 1970 thus signalling the end of the Nigerian Civil War.
3. The day is marked with a Remembrance Day Parade at the Cenotaph in Abuja and in the 36 state capitals.
The ceremony includes 21 gun salute, playing of the Last Post, a minute's silence, laying of wreaths and release of pigeons to symbolise peace.
Prayers by both Muslim and Christian clerics are also offered for the departed and living soldiers.
4. Today’s event was kicked off November 1, 2017 with the launching of the Remembrance Day emblem by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The launch coincided with the swearing-in ceremony of the new Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha.
5. The emblems were put on sale across the country. Proceeds from the sale of the Remembrance Emblem go to the Nigerian Legion.
The Nigerian Legion is the Nigerian association of ex-servicemen, i.e former members of the Nigerian Army, Navy and Air Force.
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