The 35th Armed Forces Cultural Symposium on Martyr's Day
Wednesday، 09 March 2022 - 02:19 PM
President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi witnessed, on Wednesday 9-3-2022, the 35th Armed Forces Cultural Symposium on the occasion of the the Armed Forces' celebration of the Martyr and Veteran's Day, which is held at Al-Manara International Conference Center in New Cairo.
Egypt and the armed forces celebrate on the 9th of March every year the "Martyr's Day", which coincides with the anniversary of the martyrdom of General Abdel Moneim Riad in 1969, while he was among his valiant soldiers on the Suez Canal front during the War of Attrition.
Upon his arrival, President Sisi was received by Prime Minister Dr. Mostafa Madbouly, Lieutenant-General Mohamed Zaki, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Minister of Defense and Military Production, and a number of senior statesmen and leaders of the armed forces.
The celebration began with the recitation of verses from the Holy Qur'an. Then the military band played the national anthem.
At the outset of the symposium, a documentary film produced by the Armed Forces Morale Affairs was screened; entitled "The Brave Army" was shown.
The film highlighted the capabilities of the Armed Forces over the past few years and the leaderships' keenness to keep pace with the latest global systems in armament and training.
The film also shed light on the unprecedented leap in terms of training and armament in all the major formations and branches of the Armed Forces in order to support their combat capability in accordance with accurate scientific plans to face all challenges and threats to Egypt’s national security.
The film also referred to the Armed Forces' efforts to modernize military and purchase sophisticated weapons and open bases across the nation
It further shed light on the Armed Forces' capabilities, which were clearly shown in Egypt Defense Expo (EDEX) and encouraged the foreign countries to hold cooperation with Egypt in the areas of armament and joint military production.
The film also included excerpts from previous statements made by President Sisi, during which he said that the Egyptian army is one of the strongest armies in the region, adding that it is a wise army that protects and does not threaten.
Awareness is the real weapon:
A number of the symposium's attendees, representing segments of the Egyptian nation, pointed out to the importance of building awareness, saying that this constitutes the most powerful weapon.
They, also, warned against rumors circulated on social media.
The "Golden General" Abdel Moneim Riad:
A documentary was screened on the biography of General Abdel Moneim Riad, whose death anniversary marks the Martyr's Day.
The documentary showed the heroism and sacrifices of the national hero, who was born in 1919 and died in 1969.
Riad died among his soldiers and on the front line in an Israeli mortar attack during the War of Attrition in 1969.
He participated in several wars, including the World War II in the years 1941 and 1942 against Germans and Italians, the 1948 Palestine War and the tripartite aggression against Egypt in 1956.
The General Abdel Moneim Riad was granted several awards and decorations including: the Military Honor Star, the highest military decoration in the United Arab Republic back then, when he was promoted to Colonel General. There is also the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, Golden Medal of Merit, National Order of the Cedar for a Senior Officer from Lebanon, Order of the Star of Jordan (first ranking), Medal of Honor from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Defense, Queen Victoria Golden Medal from England and the Military Medal (first ranking) from Sudan.
A documentary entitled “From Every Egyptian House” was shown on the sacrifices of Egyptian martyrs. The film also showed a number of military operations and trainings as well as reconstruction projects nationwide.
A documentary entitled “The Immortal Martyr” was, also, screened reviewing a tale of an army officer who was martyred while on duty.
A theatrical show entitled "Sacrifice of a Martyr" was performed, starring Magda Zaki, Khaled El-Sawy, Mayan El-Sayed, Ahmed Khaled Saleh, Ramez Amir, and the participation of singer Ali El-Haggar and singer Heba Magdy.
The show was about the sacrifices of the Egyptian army martyrs and the anguish of their families as well as the immense national projects currently being established including the New Administrative Capital.
President Abdel Fattah El Sisi commented on the documentaries and the play, saying that “the families of martyrs had paid the price of offering their children to protect the country.”
The president added that “we have to preserve what they sacrificed themselves for”.
President Abdel Fattah El Sisi, also, said if the Armed Forces' Department of Morale Affairs displayed the real stories of the martyrs of the police and army, there would be a treasure of humanitarian and loyalty stories, which can be presented to the people.
Sisi said each military and police man lives with the feeling that he can be a martyr any time, leaving behind his wife and children.
Sisi said when the battle against terrorist started in 2013-2014, he was sure that the power of evil will never beat the power of good.
He added that the current international conditions show that the march of development which Egypt started several years ago would have been more costly if it started now.
He added that protecting Egypt is not enough, "We should build and develop it", noting that Egypt faced unprecedented challenges over the past years, including the Covid-19 and international conflicts that hit the world economy.
He added that Egypt had also faced several internal economic challenges that were confronted by adopting inclusive structural and reform measures that were held in parallel with efforts exerted by the armed and police forces to eliminate terrorism.
The president, then, thanked everyone participated in this artistic show which highlights the sacrifices of martyrs for their nation.
He, also, expressed his dear appreciation to the families of martyrs and those injured for the sake of their nation, calling on all attendees to salute the families of martyrs.
Sisi, thanked God and the Egyptian people who work hard and sacrifice.
President Abdel Fattah El Sisi honored the families of martyrs
President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi honored the families of the martyrs, as part of the activities of the 35th Armed Forces Cultural Symposium on Martyr's Day.
The president honored the names of major Hussein Abdullah, major Abdullah Mahmoud, captain Ahmed Abdel Salam, first lieutenant Mohamed Ashraf and first lieutenant Fady Medhat.
Sisi, also, honored the names of corporal Ahmed Mohamed, corporal Amir Tarek and corporal Abouda Abdel Wahab.
At the conclusion of the 35th Armed Forces Cultural Symposium on Martyr's Day, the national anthem of the Arab Republic of Egypt was played.