Our resolve, strength, solidarity and cohesion to defend this country
On the occasion of Commemoration Day (Martyrs' Day), President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has pledged to the families of the nation's martyrs that they will continue to receive the utmost care and full support of the nation, "Because we are a nation that treasures the value of sacrifice and never forgets those who devoted their lives and offered their precious blood to keep the nation's flag flying high."
In a statement given to Nation Shield, the Armed Forces magazine, Sheikh Khalifa added that these sacrifices will only increase "Our resolve, strength, solidarity and cohesion to defend this country."
Below is the statement in full:
"On this spectacular day, on which our nation glorifies the values of sacrifice and heroism, we raise greetings of praise, recognition and reverence to our valiant martyrs, who wrote with their pure blood the greatest chapters of courage, glory and pride.
We also pray to Allah Almighty to have mercy on their souls and we extend - at the same time - our deepest gratitude to their families and love ones. We also pledge to their families that they will receive the highest regards and appreciation, and the utmost care and full support from us, the nation and community at large, because we are a nation that treasures the value of sacrifice and never forgets those who devoted their lives and offered their precious blood to keep the nation's flag flying high.
To sacrifice oneself for the sake of the nation represents the ultimate dedication, devotion and loyalty; it is an unparalleled, ultimate sacrifice and an invaluable gift.
For that, the heroism showed by our martyrs - civilians or servicemen - will remain engraved in the nation's memory and immortal in our conscience. These sacrifices are prestigious medals of pride and glory. The sacrifices of our people will only increase our resolve, strength, solidarity and cohesion to defend this country, which our fathers founded on the values of sacrifice, magnanimity, advocacy of that which is right and standing with the oppressed.
On this day, which symbolises the nation's recognition of the prominent stature of martyrs throughout our history, we call on the UAE people - men and women - to keep alive the noble values of sacrifice in their memory and take our martyrs as good role models so as to sanctify national duty and to work faithfully for the betterment of the nation and community, since great nations are built by sacrifice and sincere loyalty.
On this blessed day, we celebrate and salute our vigilant soldiers, officers and commanders of our armed forces for protecting and defending the homeland. We also greet our citizens across all lines of duty inside and outside the country.
May Allah shower His mercy on the souls of our martyrs and make Paradise their eternal abode for truly keeping the promise they made to Allah and to the homeland.
We also ask Allah Almighty to give their children and relatives the best reward for their firm conviction, composure, patriotism and great patience.
May Allah save our country, have mercy on our martyrs and perpetuate peace and security in our nation."
Martyrs have set a magnificent example of sacrifices: Sheikh Mohammed
The Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has said that Commemoration Day, marked on the 30th of November, is an occasion to pay homage to the bravery of those who have sacrificed their very lives in the line of duty, defending the sovereignty of their nation.
In a statement to Dira'a Al Watan, Nation Shield magazine, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed said, "The UAE's martyrs have set a magnificent example of sacrifices that entrust us with a great responsibility to preserve our unity and become more committed and dedicated to continue the drive of evolving our beloved homeland," adding that since the establishment of the Union in 1971, the UAE has made myriad and widely-coveted achievements, the most notable of which is instilling national pride in generations of Emiratis capable of giving and sacrificing their lives to keep the flag of their nation flying high in pride and dignity.
"On this glorious day, we reiterate our firm determination to follow in their footsteps, ensure synergy across all State sectors and continue our efforts to ensure that their sacrifices, which will remain indelible in the annals of history, will continue to serve the supreme interests of our homeland," he said. "We bow in respect for the souls of our brave, heroic martyrs; whose names will live eternally as martyrs of honour, courage and patriotism.
"Our martyrs have set a magnificent example of sacrifices that entrust us with a great responsibility to preserve our unity and become more committed and dedicated to continue the drive of evolving our beloved homeland," Sheikh Mohammed added.
"It's quite heartening to see the UAE people holding the invaluable sacrifices of their martyrs in high esteem out of sheer gratitude for what they have done for the higher good of their homeland and its people. All segments of society are vying with each other to best observe and perpetuate the memory of their sacrifices," Sheikh Mohammed said.
He added that the entire nation takes pride in seeing the UAE soldiers bravely seeking martyrdom in fulfillment of their duty, "filling our hearts with reassurance that we have true heroes who spare no efforts to either ensure supremacy for their homeland or to sacrifice their souls for heavenly rewards in the Hereafter."
Sheikh Mohammed expressed his sincere appreciation for the families of the martyrs who stand firm behind their sons, inspiring them with determination and strong will to either achieve victory or to get rewards from Allah the Almighty after their martyrdom.
"Martyrdom is not an occasional occurrence across the history of the UAE. Since the first martyr who lost his very life while defending his country's flag on November 30th 1971, two days ahead of the declaration of the Union, until now, Emiratis have been proving that they truly deserve this prosperous land and that this noble homeland truly deserves to have dignified people like them."
"The UAE, under the wise leadership of my brother, President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and the follow-up of my brother, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, along with our brothers, the members of the Supreme Council and, Rulers of the Emirates, sets an example to be copied for building up a patriotic personality capable of continuing giving and sacrifices, while being armed with a strong belief in God and in the capabilities of their homeland and its leadership. They are blessed with feelings of belongingness to their society which is getting growingly stronger thanks to its deeply rooted values," Sheikh Mohammed added.
"On the occasion of this glorious day of dignity, I extend my deep thanks to my brother Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan for his magnanimous support to the families of the martyrs and his close follow-up of their affairs and needs."
Sheikh Mohammed concluded by praying to Allah the Almighty to bless the souls of UAE martyrs, and preserve freedom and prosperity for the homeland at the hands of its sincere sons and daughters, wishing a speedy recovery for the nation's injured heroes.
Commemoration Day celebrates glory of the nation: Sheikh Sultan
His Highness Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, has said that Commemoration Day, marked on 30th November, is an occasion to express our pride in what the sons of this country have done in defence of the nation and for raising its national flag high. It is a day to celebrate the glory of the nation with the most glorious images of sacrifice, he said.
In a statement to Dira'a Al Watan, Nation Shield magazine, Sheikh Sultan said that Commemoration Day is an opportunity to honour and pay profound gratitude and reverence to the heroes of national duty who wrote with their pure blood the epic of dignity and glory.
"On the occasion, we affirm that the anniversary of our martyrs will remain alive and fresh in the memory of generations and immortal in the conscience of our people," Sheikh Sultan added.
The Day, he said, represents a new day in our history to show appreciation of the martyrs who sacrificed their lives and all that is precious for their country and showed that nothing is more precious than the nation, a day that represent the Martyrs' sacrifice for the sake of their future and the hope for the country to be the most beautiful homeland.
Today, the nation celebrates its martyrs, and the homeland will continue to remember this noble sacrifice, and appreciate it.
He expressed his pride, and the pride of every Emirati, in the martyrs and their sacrifices which had allowed their names to be engraved in the hearts of all citizens.
The Ruler of Sharjah concluded by praying to Allah Almighty to rest the martyrs' souls in Paradise and to grant solace and patience to their families and to perpetuate the security and stability of the UAE.
Commemoration Day is appreciation for sacrifices of UAE's martyrs: Sheikh Humaid
His Highness Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ajman, has said that Commemoration Day, marked on 30th November, is an occasion in which the UAE expresses its appreciation for the sacrifices of its martyrs who sacrificed their lives in defence of their homeland and to remember their timeless names with pride and honour.
In a statement to Dira'a Al Watan, Nation Shield magazine, on the occasion, Sheikh Humaid said that Commemoration Day is an opportunity to express the true interdependence between the nation, the leadership and the people. It is a day, Sheikh Humaid said, to remember the heroines of our heroes and sons.
Sheikh Humaid said, "Commemoration Day embodies all the principles that the nation is working to consolidate in our society; solidarity and unity, and collective action for the advancement of our nation at various levels.
"The occasion also represents a day of eternal patriotism and a summit of sacrifice for the sake of the homeland and the utmost sacrifice of life and blood.
"It is a matter of pride for us to witness the honouring of the 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.
"They have raised the banner of the UAE and their names have become immortal in our hearts and in the hearts of their beloved ones and their people.
"On this day, we thank our armed forces who are vigilant for the security of the homeland. We commend their pride, steadfastness and courage in dignity and their noble sacrifices. Our armed forces have provided relief to the victims of wars and disasters, providing humanitarian assistance to those in need, sheltering refugees from war, treating the wounded, and re-establishing life in war-torn countries.
"On Commemoration Day we are proud of our armed forces, which have integrated modern equipment, benefiting from the full support of our wise leadership in terms of organisation, arming and training to cope with various military strategies and technological development worldwide.
"The directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and the special patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, to establish the Martyrs' Families' Affairs Office at the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince's Court reflects the great appreciation of our wise leadership for our martyrs and their families.
The Ruler of Ajman concluded by praying to Allah Almighty to give the martyrs' souls rest in Paradise and to grant solace and patience to their families.
UAE martyrs, their families set exemplary model for loyalty: Sheikh Saud
On the occasion of the UAE's Commemoration (Martyrs') Day, marked on November 30th, His Highness Sheikh Saud bin Rashid Al Mu'alla, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Umm Al Qaiwain, said that the proud celebration of the nation's martyrs on this day is a tribute to all its heroes - the brave heroes of the past and those still carrying out their duties - both nationally and abroad, in various sectors. They have, he said, become role models across many fields, including in military and humanitarian work.
In a statement released on the occasion, the Ruler also said that the service and sacrifice of the nation's martyrs, their families, and children, have set an exemplary benchmark for the concepts of loyalty and national duty.
Below is the statement in full:
"With full pride and in acknowledgment of the sacrifices made by the martyrs of the nation, we stand today in honour of those who have sacrificed their lives in defence of the homeland... And of those who have vowed to the wise leadership, led by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and his brothers, the founding fathers, to be a 'sturdy fence' protecting this precious nation, joined in a common destiny and in national sacrifice, raising the UAE banner full of pride for their country and its loyal sons and daughters, and preserving the covenant of the founding fathers, led by the founding leader, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.
Our proud celebration of the nation's martyrs on the 30th of November each year is a tribute to all our heroes who are performing their duties nationally and abroad, across all sectors, until they have become role models in the military, civil and humanitarian fields.
The martyrs of the nation, along with their children, their parents, and wives, have set a national example, an exemplary model for the concept of loyalty and belonging, and demonstrated a real translation of national duty.
I call on Allah Almighty to embrace the righteous martyrs in his mercy and accept them in Paradise."
UAE's martyrs 'will remain in the memory of generations: Sheikh Saud
Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras al-Khaimah, has said that Commemoration Day, marked on 30th November, presents a shining image which reflects acts of heroism and sacrifice of the brave Emirati martyrs.
In a statement to Dira'a Al Watan, Nation Shield magazine, on the occasion, Sheikh Saud said that the day reflects Emiratis' appreciation for the sacrifices of the martyrs of the nation who sacrificed their lives to defend the country's gains and to keep the UAE's flag high in the sky.
"The sacrifices provided by the UAE martyrs throughout its glorious history emphasise their commitment to develop the country and to preserve and defend its dignity whatever the cost," said Sheikh Saud.
He added, "Commemoration Day is the day of pride, dignity, solidarity, and of support for the homeland and justice and of appreciation for the sacrifices of the brave Emirati martyrs. It is the day when the UAE unites to support the martyrs.
"On this occasion, we appreciate the enormous and dedicated attention paid by the wise leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and the Their Highnesses the Supreme Council Members the Rulers of the Emirates, to the task of building modern and sophisticated armed forces to defend the homeland.
"Commemoration Day is one on which to mark self-sacrifice, and the leadership will spare no effort to support and provide care for the families of the martyrs," the RAK Ruler added.
Sheikh Saud concluded by praying to Allah Almighty to rest the martyrs' souls in Paradise and to grant solace and patience to their families. Their patriotic deeds, he said, will remain in the memory of generations.
reportedby: khaleej times