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His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai Image Credit: WAM

ABU DHABI: The good deeds and sacrifices of our martyrs will remain as long as there is life, and their blood is manifested in our identity, reinforcing our glory, said His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

In a statement given to ‘Nation Shield,’ the UAE Armed Forces’ magazine, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed made these remarks in observance of UAE Commemoration Day, marked on November 30 every year.

Following is the full text of his statement on the occasion:

“By the name of Allah Almighty the merciful.

Sons and daughters of the UAE,

Peace be upon you.

I salute you all as we gather today to celebrate our glorious martyrs, and we stress their eternal presence with us, in our minds and souls.

“On this day every year, the wisdom of my brother, President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, is manifested by the adoption of November 30 as a day to commemorate our martyrs. On this day 50 years ago, Salem Khamis Suhail passed away while defending the country.

The adoption of November 30 as Commemoration Day has important significance, as it highlights the unity of the Emirati people, the ancestors and the youth, and underscores the Emirati people’s patriotism, while reviving the national memory about the story of our ancestors.

The martyrs, who are our sons, brothers and ancestors, tell the history of our country with medals of honour, and their blood tells the story of a glory and pride.

The good deeds and sacrifices of our martyrs will remain as long as there is life, and their blood is manifested in our identity, reinforcing our glory.

Sons and daughters of the UAE,

I call upon you all, most notably our youth, to contemplate these blessed days and the sacrifices of our martyrs while they performed our duties, as well as our history, full of lessons and glories.

I also call upon mothers and fathers to tell their sons and daughters the meaning of Commemoration Day, and about the men who sacrificed themselves to protect the country and its people, and about the patience of their families and their giving, loyalty and patriotism.

I call upon mothers and fathers to tell their children about the honour of serving in the army, and about Armed Forces men and women who are working hard to protect the security and stability of the nation, as well as to defend its stability, sovereignty and achievements. I call on them to tell their children about the National Reserve programme and its role in strengthening our self-power and sharpening the personalities of our youth.

I call upon all citizens who know a martyr’s family to visit them and support them on this day, for it is a sorrowful day for them, as their feelings of loss are remembered.

The families of martyrs have shown great courage, patience and awareness, underscoring their faith, and they have become a source of inspiration to everyone, to be dedicated in serving their country.

If words are not enough, actions have constantly fulfilled this duty, most notably the establishment of Wahat Al Karama, the Martyr’s Memorial, and the initiatives of Their Highnesses Supreme Council Members and Rulers of the Emirate’s, including the naming of streets, squares and schools after martyrs, in addition to the significant support provided to families of martyrs from the Martyrs’ Families’ Affairs Office, with the personal monitoring of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, as well as many social initiatives.

UAE citizens,

As we celebrate Commemoration Day, we also celebrate our valiant Armed Forces, while acknowledging they welcome martyrdom, both officers and soldiers, and they are willing to sacrifice their lives for the sake of the country.

I salute the officers and soldiers of our Armed Forces and security authorities, as well as our military service recruits, and I reiterate my appreciation for their commitment, efficiency and willingness to train and develop their skills, making them among the best armies in the world.

Equally, I salute the builders of our Armed Forces, our father and teacher and the symbol of our country, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and the Supreme Commander, my brother President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed, and my brother, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, who oversaw the development of our Armed Forces.

My fellow citizens,

I am confident that you know the message of the martyrs by heart. It is the message of Emirati values and principles of loyalty, mercy, selflessness, siding with the right and rejecting the wrong. I am also confident that you will uphold that message in the way you carry yourselves. You have always been the driving force behind the success of the Emirati model of progress and success in all fields of comprehensive development.

On this day, we remember our martyrs and thank them for contributing to their country’s strength, glory and pride. They are honoured by Allah the Almighty and they are honoured by our people and our leadership. We pray to Allah the Almighty to bless their souls and to bless their relatives, to continue bestowing his mercy on us and to keep our country safe from evils.

Peace be upon you.”

Rulers pay tribute to UAE martyrs on Commemoration Day

Meanwhile, Rulers of Fujairah, Umm Al Quwain and Ras Al Khaimah have also paid tribute to the martyrs in their messages on the occasion of the UAE Commemoration Day

Fujairah Ruler

His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Fujairah, said that 30th of November is a "great occasion dedicated to honouring the nation's brave sons and soldiers who sacrificed their lives to defend the nation's dignity and gains, spread security and safety, and uphold its human values."

In a statement given to "Nation Shield," the UAE Armed Forces' magazine, on the occasion of Commemoration Day, Sheikh Hamad paid homage to the nation's martyrs who have sacrificed their lives for their nation and represented a role model for fighting against oppression and safeguarding the country from aggressors.

"On this glorious day, we remember our brave soldiers who believed in what God had promised, and walked towards glory with steps of faith and pride leaving a trail full of sacrifices for the sake of their children, brothers, friends, and all their countrymen, setting the finest examples of self-sacrifice.

"Our celebration today is a celebration of sincere humanitarian deeds, love, continuity and heroism that is embodied to preserve our homeland.

"Thank you for everything you have given. The country has not forgotten you and will never do. Our martyrs' blood was not spilt in vain.

Umm Al Quwain Ruler

His Highness Sheikh Saud Bbin Rashid Al Mu'alla, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Umm Al Qaiwain, said that on the 30th of November every year, we recall with pride and appreciation the Commemoration Day, which is a shining landmark in the history of the homeland. “We salute the martyrs who sacrificed their lives to defend the security and stability of their country. On this immortal day, Emiratis recall all of the meanings of loyalty and the utmost belonging and giving,” he added.

In his statement to "Nation Shield," the UAE Armed Forces' magazine, Sheikh Saud noted that assigning this day to be a Commemoration Day is a recognition of the sacrifices of martyrs and Emiratis, a day that represents national cohesion between the UAE leadership and the Emirati people.

The Ruler of Umm Al Qaiwain concluded by saying, "We salute them and emphasise our commitment to follow their footsteps.

Ras Al Khaimah Ruler

In a statement to the ‘Nation Sheilf’ magazine, His Highness Sheikh Saud Bbin Saqr Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, said: "Allah Almighty has blessed the UAE with virtuous men who swore that its land would remain impregnable and that its cities would remain a haven for love and tolerance, and a place of joy and convergence between all cultures and peoples."

Sheikh Saud added, "Our celebration of Commemoration Day is a message in which the UAE's leadership and people express their appreciation for the sacrifices of the martyrs who devoted their lives defending the honour of the homeland, the martyrs who set the most wonderful examples in safeguarding the gaining of the country.

The RAK Ruler stated that the country recalls the late Founding Father Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and his brothers, the Founding Fathers, who sowed the Commemoration Day seeds of loyalty to the homeland. Sheikh Saud said these seeds fructified into generations of heroes ready to sacrifice their lives in serving their national duty and preserving its gains.

Sheikh Saud saluted the families of the loyal martyrs, assuring them that the UAE's leadership and people, will always remain by their side, caring for them and their needs. "One of the greatest feats of our martyrs is the fact that they have consolidated the values of patriotism among the Emirati people, reinforcing the country's unity, cohesion, solidarity and giving while enhancing the nation's overall performance," he said.