Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 27 February 2020

Sheikh Khalifa: sacrifice is the highest degree of devotion to the UAE

Commemoration Day offers a chance to reflect on those who gave their lives in defence of the nation

Wahat Al Karama is a monument in Abu Dhabi to commemorate Emiratis killed in the line of duty. Ministry of Presidential Affairs
Wahat Al Karama is a monument in Abu Dhabi to commemorate Emiratis killed in the line of duty. Ministry of Presidential Affairs

UAE leaders paid tribute to the nation’s heroes on Friday, highlighting the importance of loyalty and sacrifice.

Marking this year’s Commemoration Day, which falls on November 30, President Sheikh Khalifa described those who had lost their lives in the defence of the Emirates as “valiant” martyrs.

Other leaders, including Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, and Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, also paid their respects.

Commemoration Day is held every year in the UAE to recognise the dedication and sacrifices made by those in both military and civilian roles at home and abroad.

"The biography of the martyrs of the homeland, whose processions have progressed throughout history, will remain immortal in our conscience, and the medals of honour and pride we take,” President Khalifa said.

"On this blessed day, we pay tribute to our valiant sons, soldiers, officers and commanders of our armed forces, who are vigilant in protecting and defending the homeland, and saluting our children across all workplaces inside and outside the country.”

Sheikh Mohammed also paid thanks to those serving in the military, acknowledging the work they do to keep the country safe.

This year's Commemoration Day is on November 30. The National
Commemoration Day is held on November 30 every year. The National

“It’s your wisdom, fortitude and magnanimity that enabled our valiant armed forces to continue to be the protective shield of our homeland,” he said.

"Our martyrs are the sons and grandsons of our nation's icon and the founder of our renaissance, late Sheikh Zayed.

“They are the trustees of his vision, which states that the UAE army is our protective shield that preserves our national unity and accomplishments, and helps our brotherly Arab countries in case of need.”

Meanwhile, Sheikh Mohamed said it was the responsibility of every Emirati to continue to cherish and protect the values the UAE held dear.

“The essential message delivered by the Commemoration Day is for every Emirati to keep sacrificing for his/her homeland by continuing to be loyal to our deeply-rooted principles and values,” he said.

"While bearing witness to every achievement being now made in the UAE, we recall the noble sacrifices made by our martyrs who are all true partners in every accomplishment and step forward we are taking on the right path toward making our dreams come true.”

Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, said the work of the nation’s fallen soldiers would forever be an inspiration to the country.

"The UAE takes pride in our heroes who responded to the call of duty and sacrificed their souls in protection of their nation's glory and in defence of its periphery and national gains,” he said.

Updated: November 29, 2019 04:06 PM

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