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#ArmedForcesRemembranceDay: 5 Events That Take Place To Commemorate The Day

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The Armed Forces Remembrance Day AFRD, celebrated with the hashtags #ArmedForcesRemembranceDay and #ThankASoldier, is a day to commemorate the servicemen of the Nigerian Armed Forces, and honour veterans of the World War I and II as well as the Nigerian Civil War.
The day was formerly celebrated on 11 November as Poppy Day in honor of the end of the First World War. After defeating the Biafran troops on the 15th of January, 1970, Nigerian government  then moved the day off the calendar of the Commonwealth of Nations and to the victory date, in commemoration of the conclusion of the Nigerian Civil War that sought to tear apart the unity of Nigeria. #ArmedForcesRemembranceDay: 5 Events That Take Place At The Commemoration
On Wednesday, 28th October, 2020, a few days after the Lekki Massacre, President Buhari launched the 2021 Armed Forces Remembrance Day (AFRD) Emblem and Appeal Fund. Prior to the #ArmedForcesRemembranceDay, about two months earlier, the Ministry of Defence would inaugurate a 25-man national planning committee for the AFRD celebration preparations, and on the D-day, here are the events that usually take place:
1. The leaders of the country starting from the President, Vice President, Senate President, House of Reps Speaker, Chief Justice and others would gather at the Eagle Square in Abuja, with other military personnel to observe a parade organised to honour the fallen heroes, while the Governors do same in their states.
2. An array of boots, socks and hats of Soldiers are laid down at the event centre to signify and represent the fallen heroes and those in service.
3. The President and Governors would lay wreaths, i.e. flowers in honour of those who have lost their lives at the battle fronts while fighting for and protecting their nation.
4. The soldiers – Nigerian Army, Nigerian Navy and Nigerian Air Force then give an outstanding parade in honour of themselves and their colleagues, as inspected by the President with guards of honour.Read also: #ArmedForcesRemembranceDay: President Buhari PA, Bashir Ahmad, Explains Why The Pigeons Didn’t Fly
5. The President then performs the ritual of releasing doves/pigeons to fly into the air to signify peace and security in the nation, and to commemorate the lives of the fallen heroes. President Buhari’s pigeon, however, did not fly this year.
President Buhari’s pigeons refused to fly at the #ArmedForcesRemembranceDay 2021
Photos Credit: Getty

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