Remembrance Day is celebrated all over the world to remember fallen Army and Military personnel who paid the supreme price and lost their lives during war. In Taraba State, the Deputy Governor Engr. Haruna Manu Officiated the occasion.
Below are 12 facts about the Nigerian Army Remembrance Day.
- All over the world, Remembrance Day, also called Armistice Day is celebrated on the 11th of November every year.
- In Nigeria, it is celebrated every year on 15th of January. This date coincides with the first coup ever held in Nigeria, 50 years ago on January 15th 1966 which resulted in the murder of 11 prominent political figures and several senior army officers.It is also done in commemoration of the surrender of Biafran troops to the Federal troops on 15th January 1970.
- 3 sets of people are being remembered. The fallen heroes who fought in the first and second World Wars, and all subsequent wars, retired soldiers, and serving gallant soldiers.
- All military personnel like the Army, the Navy, the Air force and the Nigerian Legion converge in both Federal, State and Local governments, where serving or retired personnel reside.
- The 2 minutes silence commonly observed to remember a deceased started in 1919 by King George V of England as a result of Remembrance Day.
- To mark the celebration, the Doves or pigeons are normally released into the air to signify peace.
- Other things that mark the day include religious services, placing of wreaths, remembrance parade, 21 gun salute and wearing of Remembrance Day emblem.
- Some of the places used to mark the celebration include churches, mosques and the – Cenotaph at the Nigeria Military Cemetery.
- Most people remember the military today by tweeting their thoughts and concerns using the Hashtag #ArmedForcesRemembranceDay.
- Some powerful remembrance day statements by concerned Nigerians are:
- Still on men and women in uniform who keep vigil for others to enjoy peace.
- You gave your today for our tomorrow.
- We live in the bush, so that you can live comfortably at Home.
- Let there be upward review of the monthly stipends of the Widows of our late Heroes.
- Make Nigerians see you as friends.
- You strive for unity and togetherness of this country will forever remain in our hearts.
- Whenever Nigeria calls, no matter the danger or circumstances, you answer.
- Various kinds of pictures are put in place to remember the soldiers.
Soldiers leaving their family.
Laying of wreath.
Recent Pictures of fallen heroes.
Picture of a soldier known to someone.
Individuals, corporate bodies, civic society groups, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and other prominent Nigerians are all showing their support in various ways.