MilitaryNewsArmed Forces Remembrance Day: Enugu State Governor Joins Other Nigerian States To Remember Fallen Heroes

ENUGU — The annual remembrance of Nigerian fallen heroes every 15th of January tagged Armed Forces Remembrance Day, AFRD, was celebrated across the 36 states of the Nigerian federation and the Federal Capital Territory on Saturday.

AFRD is a day set aside yearly to celebrate personnel of the Nigerian Army Forces-Army, Navy, and Air Force- and the Nigeria Police Force who died in the line of duty.

On Saturday, the Enugu State Governor, military personnel, widows of fallen heroes, and a host of other dignitaries gathered at Michael Okpara Square, Independence Layout, Enugu in celebration of this year’s AFRD.

Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, Governor of Enugu State on arrival at the venue inspected the Parade mounted by the Military after which he laid the Remembrance Wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Other wreaths were laid by the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 82 Division of the Nigeria Army, Major General T. A. Lagbaja, represented by the Garrison Commander, Brig. Gen. C.A. Ataki; the Air Officer Commanding (AOC) Ground Training Command, Nigerian Air Force, Enugu, AVM Ibikunle Daramola.

Also, the Speaker of Enugu State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Edward Ubosi; the Chief Judge of the State, Hon. Justice Raymond Ozoemena; the Commissioner of Police, Enugu State Command, CP Abukakar Lawal; the Chairman of Nigerian Legion, Enugu State Council, Asst. Cmdt. General Emeka Norman Igwesi; the Chairman of Enugu State Council of Traditional Rulers, HRM Igwe Amb. Lawrence Agubuzu, and representative of wives of fallen heroes laid wreaths in remembrance of the heroes.

As customary on every AFRD, the ceremonial pigeon which is a symbol of national peace usually released by the president of the nation in Abuja and the state Governors in all the 36 states of the federation was released by Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi in Enugu State.

Prayers were offered for the repose of the fallen heroes’ souls and the wellbeing of the bereaved families; gifts were also given by the State Governor to the widows of the fallen heroes to alleviate economic hardship they may be facing.

The Deputy Governor of Enugu State, Hon. Mrs. Cecilia Ezeilo; members of the state parliament; members of the State Executive Council and other top government functionaries; Judges of the State Judiciary; other Heads of Security Agencies in the state; Senior Military Officers; and members of the Nigerian Legion, Enugu State Council, attended the event.

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