Myanmar marks 77th anniversary of Union Day

Celebrate the date: Deputy Chairman of State Administration Council vice senior general Soe Win speaking on stage during a ceremony to mark Union Day in Nay Pyi Taw. — AP

THE country commemorated the 77th anniversary of Union Day with a state ceremony in the capital Nay Pyi Taw.

Union Day marked a historic moment on Feb 12, 1947, when the country’s national hero, General Aung San, along with over 20 ethnic leaders, signed the Panglong Agreement, pledging to strive to regain independence from British colonialists.

In his Union Day message yesterday, Chairman of the State Administration Council senior general Min Aung Hlaing said that independence and sovereignty gained through the union spirit of all ethnic people will continue to be protected only through the union spirit.

Hlaing also urged all ethnic people to protect the country for long-term existence with its union spirit.

Over 1,000 representatives from the government and ethnic groups attended the ceremony in Nay Pyi Taw, where the Armed Forces’ guards marched in a parade.Various activities, including a small and medium-sized enterprise product expo and horse-racing competitions, were also organised to commemorate Union Day. — Xinhua

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