Dubai: His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, said that Remembrance Day, now celebrated for the ninth consecutive year, stands as a shining beacon illuminating the collective spirit of nation.
Marking this solemn occasion on November 30, Sheikh Mohammed stated that Remembrance Day transcends mere remembrance and becomes a perpetual testimony to the UAE’s indelible legacy of courage, sacrifice and unwavering commitment to its people.
He emphasized that this day is not simply a passing moment but rather a living legacy, deeply rooted in the hearts of Emiratis, providing a beacon of inspiration for future generations to emulate the selfless acts of our martyrs.
Below is the full text of his speech:
“For the ninth consecutive year, we gather on this important day to celebrate the memory of our honorable martyrs and their honorable families. This day has become a shining beacon in the life of our country and our people. This day is not a passing occasion, but rather a living memory that lives within us and provides our emerging generations with a good example of generosity, loyalty and belonging.
Year after year, we will continue to celebrate Remembrance Day, keeping it in our hearts and memories, realizing that memory is the vessel of history and that without memory heritage is dissipated, identity is lost and the future is shrouded in a veil of mystery.
This day, November 30 every year, is a day to improve communication between generations of Emiratis. Our martyred children are the descendants of our ancestors who endured the harshness of the environment, to meet the life-sustaining requirements of this land, embodying the most wonderful signs of steadfastness, construction and preservation of self and nature. memory. Our glorious legacy is determined by facing and overcoming challenges.
Our martyrs carry this Emirati legacy, which our founding fathers preserved; The symbol of our country, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum and the former rulers of the Emirates. They instilled this legacy in the souls and minds of successive generations of Emiratis. They distinguished themselves for their character, generosity and performance in every position they held, and in every task they faced, and our martyrs were their ideal model, affirming with their blood the merit of this imprint and its effectiveness in all aspects of their lives. . our lives.
Today, in our celebration of our martyrs, we also celebrate our brave armed forces, who acquired the values of loyalty, belonging, achievement, courage and generosity. They, along with their fellow officers and soldiers, set an example of efficiency in carrying out the tasks assigned to them, in ensuring the protection of the homeland and in being prepared to face any threat to its sovereignty, achievements, security and stability. .
Remembrance Day is the national day par excellence, and this day has a special meaning for the families of the martyrs; fathers, mothers, children, wives, brothers and relatives. I tell you again that your country, your leadership and your people appreciate your sacrifices and highly value your patience, composure and determination, which confirm the sincerity of your belief in luck and destiny, and the depth of your national affiliation. The sacrifices of your children embody the highest meanings of loyalty and belonging. Their sacrifices have given so much to our nation and changed our youth and future generations, and it is a change for the better.
I thank Allah for allowing our country to honor the martyrs, commemorate them at Wahat Al Karamah and honor their families with the initiatives of my brother, the President, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who dedicated a special office to take care of them. satisfy their needs and care for their children, in addition to the initiatives of my brothers, His Highnesses the Supreme Council and Rulers of the Emirates.
Our martyrs have received the greatest honor because they are alive under the grace of Allah, rejoicing over what He has given them of His bounty, and because they do not fear or grieve. We honor them by preserving their memory, instilling their values in the souls of young people, generation after generation, and by the dedication of Emiratis, both men and women, in their position to serve our country and our people, and by the commitment of ‘Sanaa’ and sincerity in the performance of duty and enthusiasm for mastering their crafts.
I ask Almighty Allah to bless this day, to support us and direct our steps, to preserve our homeland and our people, and to perpetuate upon us the blessings of security, stability, progress and prosperity.”