Armed Forces Remembrance Day: Nigeria Honors the Nation’s Heroes
Today, January 15th is the Armed Forces Remembrance Day, a day set aside annually to celebrate the nation’s defenders and fallen heroes.
The events honor and remember veterans of the world wars and Nigeria’s civil war.
Typically, this day is one for sober reflections about the effect of the armed forces and their sacrifices for the country.
Globally, the Armed Forces Remembrance Day is celebrated on November 11 to mark the end of the first World War.
Following the end of the civil war and the surrender of the Biafran secessionists on January 15, 1970, the date was changed to commemorate the restoration of Nigeria’s unity.
As usual, this year’s official celebration was carried out by the Federal Government in Abuja.
President Muhammadu Buhari led a wreath-laying event and reviewed a presidential parade at the National Arcade in Abuja.
Also in attendance was the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo; the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan; and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila.
All dignitaries took turns to pay respect to the fallen soldiers who had died while protecting the nation’s integrity.