|President Jonathan in military uniform|
The President and the others performed the 2014 Armed Forces Remembrance Day wreath laying ceremony at the National Arcade in Abuja. The annual ceremony started at 10 am. with the arrival at the arcade by the president, who is also the Grand Patron of the Nigerian Legion.
Upon the arrival of the President, there was a general salute, rendition of the National Anthem and inspection of parade in four colours.
The four colours of the parade were the national colour and the three regimental colours of the Nigerian Army, Nigerian Navy and Nigerian Air Force.
Prayers were offered for the repose of the souls of departed heroes; and for peace, security, and unity of Nigeria by Christians and Muslims.
Shortly after the prayers, the President laid a wreath, followed by Vice-President Namadi Sambo, Senate President David Mark, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal.
|Officers and men of the igerian Legion|
|Nigeria's military strength on display as Nigerian military helicopter proudly flies the national flag|
The Day was initially marked on the 11th of November every year to coincide with the Remembrance Day popularly known as “Poppy Day” or “11 – 11” for the first and Second World War veterans in all Commonwealth countries. However, in Nigeria, in view of some significant historical developments, it is now celebrated on the 15th of January every year. The change to January 15 of every year was done in commemoration of the surrender of Biafran troops to the Federal troops on January 15, 1970, thus signalling the end of the Nigerian Civil War that sought to tear apart the unity of Nigeria.
|Troops in training|
|We will not forget|
Today we remember our fallen heroes who against all odds, in the face of adversity, have willingly laid down their lives for the unity of our Nation and the peace and security of Africa. May God Almighty grant their souls eternal rest and their families the strength and fortitude to bear the irreplaceable loss.
We also remember today, our brothers and sisters currently deployed to various parts of the country and continent. Their bravery has made us truly Africa’s big brother. We are eternally grateful to the officers and men of the Nigerian Armed Force, serving and retired.
God bless the Armed of the Federal Republic of Nigeria!!!
This great Republic…….our home.