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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 19 December 2018

Commemoration Day: Emirati soldiers serving in Yemen express pride in their service to the UAE

Members of UAE Armed Forces on what the day of remembrance means to them

A UAE soldier guards a military plane at Aden airport. Reuters.
A UAE soldier guards a military plane at Aden airport. Reuters.

Emirati soldiers in Yemen have expressed their pride in defending the UAE and the government of Yemen.

Ahead of the annual Commemoration Day on Thursday, members of the Armed Forces highlighted their respect for those who had given their lives, in interviews with a reporter from WAM, the UAE state news agency.

"On Commemoration Day, we renew our loyalty to Emirati heroes and martyrs, pledge our loyalty to the nation’s flag, and convey our message to future generations to protect the UAE, strong and glorious as always," Saif Humaid said.

Abdullah Ali said: "The UAE’s martyrs wrote, with their blood, pages of glory and pride in our history books."

"Our glorious martyrs have proven that history is made by men who believed in Allah Almighty and in their country and were devoted to the journey of a nation that was founded by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and the wise leadership is following in his footsteps," Ahmed Khalfan said.

Jassem Abdulrahman saluted the families of martyrs, and said: "On Commemoration Day, we salute the nation’s martyrs and honour them, as they sacrificed their lives to protect their country and defend their vulnerable brothers."

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Rashid Habib said: "Loyalty to the nation’s martyrs reflects the values of the UAE and the Armed Forces, and we vow to continue the path that we started, because of our love for our country."

"On Commemoration Day, we remember the citizens who we are proud of, as well as their glories, and we will tell their stories to future generations," Haitham Ahmed said.

The UAE's President, Sheikh Khalifa, honoured the sacrifices made by the Armed Forces and the crucial role the military plays in defending the sovereignty and stability of the UAE in the Leaders' messages for Commemoration Day.