UAE lead­ers pay trib­ute to sac­ri­fices of our he­roes

The National - News - - FRONT PAGE - JAMES LANGTON

Hon­our­ing the sac­ri­fices made by mem­bers of the Armed Forces and the cru­cial role the mil­i­tary plays in de­fend­ing the sovereignty and sta­bil­ity of the UAE and the wider re­gion were high­lighted in mes­sages from the coun­try’s lead­ers for Com­mem­o­ra­tion Day.

The Pres­i­dent, Sheikh Khal­ifa, said the oc­ca­sion, which is ob­served to­day, was “a day to trea­sure the val­ues of sac­ri­fice, ded­i­ca­tion and loy­alty to the home­land”.

“The na­tion, both lead­er­ship and peo­ple, will never for­get our ser­vice­men who of­fered their dear lives and blood on the bat­tle­grounds of jus­tice, right, duty and pride in de­fence of the Union, safe­guard­ing its sovereignty and pre­serv­ing its achieve­ments.”

Sheikh Khal­ifa also promised the ul­ti­mate sac­ri­fice paid by the mil­i­tary and civil­ians would be held “as role mod­els for love and de­fence of the na­tion. Their fam­i­lies and chil­dren will re­ceive the high­est care and as­sis­tance from the state”.

“We call on the cit­i­zens of the UAE to keep the no­ble val­ues of sac­ri­fice as a liv­ing, en­dur­ing role model in their life, to re­spect and value duty, to be de­ter­mined in up­grad­ing their ca­pa­bil­i­ties and skills, and to ex­cel in per­form­ing their work, as great na­tions are built by sci­ence, cre­ativ­ity, achieve­ment, lead­er­ship, de­ter­mi­na­tion, sin­cere ded­i­ca­tion, and ul­ti­mate sac­ri­fices,” he said.

“There is no life with­out dig­nity, and there is no dig­nity with­out sac­ri­fices.” Sheikh Mo­hammed bin

Rashid, Vice Pres­i­dent and Ruler of Dubai, said the coun­try would “re­main for­ever in­debted to those who have re­sponded to the call to pay the ul­ti­mate sac­ri­fice in de­fence of the home­land, their sanc­ti­ties and na­tional gains”.

Com­mem­o­ra­tion Day, Sheikh Mo­hammed said, was a re­minder of “the es­tab­lish­ment of our Union to echo the val­ues of pa­tri­o­tism and be­long­ing that our dig­ni­fied mar­tyrs em­bod­ied, in de­fend­ing the dig­nity and pre­serve the glory of their home­land”.

It was, he said, “a day that in­cul­cates the val­ues of right­eous­ness and jus­tice, and the prin­ci­ples of op­po­si­tion to op­pres­sion that our mar­tyrs stead­fastly up­held”.

Those prin­ci­ples still held as true to­day, Sheikh Mo­hammed said.

Sheikh Mo­hamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Com­man­der of the Armed Forces, said the se­cu­rity of the coun­try was bound closely to the will­ing­ness of its peo­ple to de­fend it.

“The na­tions that make sac­ri­fices to pre­serve their dig­nity and to hon­our their hu­man­i­tar­ian and moral re­spon­si­bil­i­ties are the pow­er­ful coun­tries ca­pa­ble of safe­guard­ing their gains, de­fend­ing their sovereignty and ad­vanc­ing with con­fi­dence and strength along the path of progress and de­vel­op­ment,” he said.

Those val­ues ex­tended be­yond the UAE bor­ders in de­fend­ing the rights of other peo­ples, Sheikh Mo­hamed said.

“I salute my sons who stand in their po­si­tions in broth­erly Ye­men in de­fence of the Ye­meni peo­ple’s right to sta­bil­ity and de­vel­op­ment, away from sec­tar­ian and re­li­gious con­flict,” he said.

“I say to them: All of the UAE is with you, proud of you and your hero­ism.

“You are car­ry­ing out a na­tional and moral mis­sion, through which you are safe­guard­ing the in­ter­ests of the na­tion and de­fend­ing Arab na­tional se­cu­rity against the tyran­ni­cal forces that do not want our re­gion or peo­ples to have de­vel­op­ment or peace.

“Ev­ery day, we are re­as­sured that the his­tor­i­cal po­si­tion taken by the UAE to en­gage in the Arab Al­liance to re­store le­git­i­macy in Ye­men un­der the lead­er­ship of the sis­ter king­dom of Saudi Ara­bia is cor­rect.”

Vic­tor Besa / The Na­tional

The UAE lead­ers’ Com­mem­o­ra­tion Day mes­sages paid trib­ute to the na­tion’s he­roes, who are for­ever re­mem­bered at Wa­hat Al Karama me­mo­rial in Abu Dhabi

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