Commemoration Day: UAE leaders pay tribute to nation’s martyrs


Martyrdom highest degree of devotion to homeland, says Sheikh Khalifa.

His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, said that the martyrs who sacrificed their souls in protection of the homeland shoulder all Emiratis with a solemn responsibility towards nation-building and keeping the national flag flying high at all fronts and under all circumstances.

essential message delivered by the Commemoration Day is for every Emirati to keep sacrificing for his/her homeland by continuing to be loyal to our deeply-rooted principles and values, the seeds of which were sown by the founding fathers of the UAE Federation.

“Our martyrs embody the UAE’s solid commitment toward our brotherly countries, their national defence and their right to stability, development and progress. They express in the truest sense of the word the UAE’s principled stance, adopted since the era of the late Sheikh Zayed, in support of righteousness and justice.

“While bearing witness to every achievement being now made in the UAE, we recall the noble sacrifices made by our martyrs who are all true partners in every accomplishment and step forward we are taking on the right path toward making our dreams come true.

“Our martyrs will remain our source of pride at all times. Their heroic deeds go down in the annals of history as a source of inspiration for all sincere deeds made to ensure our country’s glory, stability and progress toward a brighter future.

“On the Commemoration Day, we spell out our wholehearted loyalty to our homeland and express our deepest gratitude to all those who sacrificed their soul in protection of their homeland and who we are sure will remain alive with their Lord and will have their reward.

“On this glorious occasion, we stand in all solemnity in appreciation of our brave armed forces, who symbolise all sincere feelings of dedication and commitment to the nation’s values and principles. They represent the school from which our martyrs learned the love of and sacrifices to the homeland under all circumstances.

“On the Commemoration Day, we recall our Founding Father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who sowed the seeds of loyalty to the homeland. These seeds fructified into generations of heroes ready to sacrifice their very souls in defence of their homeland and in serving their national duty.

“On this glorious day in the history of our nation, I urge our Emirati youth to learn by heart the narratives of our martyrs who represent a role model for fighting against oppression and defending their national soil. They sacrificed their souls in order for this nation to continue to live in peace and stability. Their sacrifices shoulder all Emiratis with a solemn responsibility toward their nation. Their heroic narratives and deeds are the best source from which we can continue to get inspired and learn that defending our homeland is a sacred duty that is second to none.

Our martyrs represent nation’s shield: Sheikh Humaid

His Highness Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Ajman, paid homage to the souls of Emirati martyrs on Commemoration Day.

In his statement to the ‘Nation Shield’, Sheikh Humaid said: “Our country celebrates Commemoration Day on November 30 to remember the glories achieved by the pure souls who did not hesitate to meet their call of duty in defence of their religion, nation and humanity.

“The UAE, upon the directives of the President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has dedicated this day to glorify the names of its martyrs.

“The UAE, under the leadership of Sheikh Khalifa; His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai; His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, The Supreme Council Members, Their Highnesses Rulers of the Emirates, appreciates the sacrifices of its martyrs who represented the nation’s shield and are now icons of will and persistence.

“On Commemoration Day, the people rally around their leadership to reiterate their loyalty, vowing to continue the journey of righteousness and supporting legitimacy everywhere, and stressing that they will never forget their martyrs and their glorious memories.

“The UAE has sent its soldiers to support ties of fraternity, responding to the Operation Decisive Storm, launched by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques to support the brothers in Yemen and their legitimacy, and to achieve stability. As a result, the Riyadh Agreement was signed between the Yemeni Government and the Southern Transitional Council.

“We praise the efforts of our leadership and its support to the families of the martyrs and laud the country’s efforts to ease the families’ burdens, in recognition of the sacrifices of their sons.

“On this day, we are proud of the UAE Armed Forces and the Emiratis who join this great entity because they believe in the responsibility they shoulder for their country.

Martyrs are role models of loyalty to homeland: Sheikh Hamad

His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Fujairah, said that the Commemoration Day will remain a symbol of pride and glory, with the sacrifices by the martyrs being the cornerstone on which we will continue to achieve more accomplishments for our homeland.”

Sheikh Hamad said in his statement to the Nation Shield magazine: “With all pride and gratitude, we recall the acts of patriotism of the UAE Armed Forces men who sacrificed their souls for the sake of the homeland to. Our martyrs are role models for belonging and loyalty to the homeland.

“While celebrating the nation’s martyrs, we renew our commitment that we, in the UAE led by the President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, will spare no efforts to support our Arab brothers who’ve suffered from war and sabotage. We, the UAE leadership and people, will continue to stand by them by sustaining the late Sheikh Zayed’s approach and principles aimed at supporting right issues and strengthening Arab bonds.

“On this occasion, we extend greetings to the UAE Armed Forces members inside the country and abroad who are always proactive to protect stability and security of our country. They are our shield who keep our country unified and safe.

“On the Commemoration Day, we pledge to protect our national gains and achievements made by our martyrs. We are committed to continue the journey of progress and giving to present an integrated cultural model to the whole world.”

Commemoration Day upholds values of sacrifice: Sheikh Saud

His Highness Sheikh Saud bin Rashid Al Mu’alla, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Umm Al Quwain, said that the Commemoration Day upholds the values of sacrifice, redemption and love to the homeland, noting that the occasion is a tribute to all the country’s heroes.

Sheikh Saud said in his statement to the Nation Shield magazine that the occasion holds a significant meaning to the people of the UAE, as November 30 was the day when the first Emirati martyr Salem Suhail bin Khamis Al Dahmani lost his life while defending his country in 1971.

Sheikh Saud noted that national cohesion represents the true meaning of unification and effective participation in building the nation, preserving its gains and strengthening its social fabric as well as the culture of loyalty instilled by the founding fathers.

“It is a source of pride for us to witness the honouring of martyrs of the homeland in recognition and appreciation of their sacrifices and acts of patriotism, as they represent an immortal example of national unity and belonging.”

The Ruler of Umm Al Quwain added that the Commemoration Day is an opportunity to celebrate the sacrifices made by the martyrs to protect the glory, assets and gains of the country.

Sheikh Saud concluded by saying that these sacrifices and noble values will remain instilled in the hearts of young people. “The UAE’s martyrs will always be role models for the sons of the homeland who will continue to pursue the path of goodness and glory.”

Martyrs’ sacrifices are beacons for a brighter future: Sheikh Saud

His Highness Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, said the sacrifices made by the Emirati martyrs will remain indelible in the UAE’s history as a source of inspiration for generations to come.

Sheikh Saud, in a statement to the Nation Shield magazine, said: “The UAE takes pride in our heroes who responded to the call of duty and sacrificed their souls in protection of their nation’s glory and in defence of its periphery and national gains.

“The inspiring narratives of our martyrs on the battlefronts will remain beacons for a brighter future for the entire nation and its people. And on this memorable day in the country’s history, we renew the commitment of the UAE, leadership and people, to continue to support the families of our martyrs, whose sacrifices will remain a model to be copied for all those seeking to ensure the security and dignity of the homeland. Thanks to our martyrs’ heroic deeds, our national flag will continue to fly high on all fronts and our people will remain proud of their nation’s accomplishments and glories.

“On this glorious occasion, we reiterate our support for our soldiers on the front lines and re-assert that the UAE will continue to disseminate a message of peace, love, and tolerance to the entire world and reiterate that sacrifices for the homeland hold a sublime significance for upholding these values.”

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