President Abdel Fattah El Sisi arrived on Thursday at the El Manara International Convention Center (MICC) where he attended the 29th cultural symposium of the Armed Forces.
The symposium is titled as "October. Continuity of Generations". The event is held as part of celebrations of the 45th anniversary of October War victory. The symposium coincides with the Armed Forces' celebrations of the 45th anniversary of October War victory.
The event started by reciting versus of the Holy Quran. Then the attendees paid tribute to the previous president and Nobel Peace Laureate Anwar el Sadat who is the "hero of war and peace" as the inscription on his grave reads.
Defense and Military Production Minister Mohamed Zaki, Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouli attended the event rather than a number of senior statesmen, prominent public figures, as well as police and army top brass.
A documentary about the heroes of the 1973 October War and touching scenes of the battlefield was screened as part of the symposium's activities. The documentary also featured one of Egypt's moments of glory; the fall of the 100-kilometer supposedly impregnable fortification of Bar Lev Line.
The Egyptian military engineer Baki Zaki Youssef came up with a clever plan helped the Egyptian soldiers destroy the invincible sand ramparts via using water pumps for crossing crossing the Suez Canal.
The documentary also displayed the great achievements in Sinai during the era of President Sisi, topped by Martyr Ahmed el-Mansy Floating Bridge, the New Suez Canal, in addition to the ongoing reconstruction process in Sinai.
Speaking at the symposium, one of the October war heroes, Mahmoud Mohamed Mubarak, said that he lost his sight during a military operation in Sinai.
He went on to say he is immensely proud to be a member of the Armed Forces, enthusiastically elaborating that he became blind while on duty fighting terrorists in Sinai.
He cited the Armed Forces' launch of the wide-scale Operation Martyr's Right on September 7, 2015, to exact revenge for the martyrs.
The second stage of the operation began on October 7, 2015, in commemoration of Egypt's glorious victory in the Sixth of October War.
Mubarak concluded by paying tribute to all bereaved mothers who lost their sons in Sinai in defending homeland.
During the symposium, a documentary produced by the Armed Forces titled "The Decision" was displayed. The documentary film showed the Egyptian soldiers' achievements during wartime.
It stressed one of the most important lessons of the October War which is the fact that victory was made through the willpower of the Egyptian people and the bold decisions and the strong determination of a national Army seeking to liberate every inch of the homeland's soil.
October War victory proved that for Egyptians "Nothing is impossible", the documentary explicitly stated.
A documentary about the fall of Bar Lev Line, a chain of fortifications that were built by Israel along the eastern bank of the Suez Canal, was also displayed.
It showed recorded video footage of late Egyptian military engineer Baki Zaki Youssef, who came up with the idea of breaching the invincible sand wall using water cannons, which was one of the main reasons behind October War victory.
It also showed Youssef's wife, who spoke about her husband's life story, bravery, loyalty and insistence on participating in the liberation of homeland.
In tribute to Youssef's role in October War victory, the engineer officer was awarded the Republic Military Medal in 1974.
Youssef also received the Order of the Republic second class in 1984.
He passed away on June 23, 2018.
Following the documentary films, a musical ensemble of singers, grouping renowned singers Angham and Medhat Saleh, performed their songs.
At the end of the 29th cultural symposium of Armed Forces, titled 'October..Continuity of Generations", the attendees paid tribute to the police and army heroes who are participating in the "Comprehensive Operation − Sinai 2018".
The operation aims at purging Sinai of terrorists.