Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi honoured the families of the Armed Forces’ KIAs on the occasion of the Martyr’s Day.
“The great people of Egypt, dear honourable people, we celebrate a memory dear to our souls, in which we evoke the heroism of men who believed in the promise and sacrificed everything precious for the sake of their homeland; dignified and proud, with their heads held high. They refused to accept and chose resistance with honour and valour, setting an example for generations to come that a free and dignified Egypt deserves from us all redemption, dedication, and sacrifice,” the president said in a speech.
“Evil people — no matter how horrible, cruel, stupid, and ignorant their behaviour and aggression are —can never succeed in the end, those that are good are the ones who will succeed.”
He added: “The celebration of Martyr’s Day is a renewed occasion to honour the loyal sons of Egypt, who sacrificed for the eternal homeland, so that it may continue to be vibrant, fruitful, peaceful, and developed,” explaining that the occasion aims to remember the sacrifices whose enormous size may not be felt except by those who presented to Egypt a martyr or an injured person whose blood was spilt for the homeland.
Egypt celebrates Martyr’s Day on 9 March every year, which coincides with the death anniversary of Lieutenant-General Abdel Moneim Riad — the former chief of staff of the Armed Forces — who passed away in 1969.
The event was attended by Speaker of Parliament Hanafy El-Gebaly, President of the Senate Abdel Wahab Abdel Razek, Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly, Mohamed Zaki — the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces and Minister of Defence — and a number of ministers, senior statesmen, and leaders of the Armed Forces.