Myanmar holds ceremony to mark martyrs' day

13:04, July 19, 2010      

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Myanmar held an annual ceremony here Monday morning to commemorate fallen national heroes General Aung San and eight others who sacrificed their lives for the country's independence in late 1940s.

The 63rd martyrs' day ceremony, which took place at the Martyrs ' Mausoleum, was attended by Yangon Mayor U Aung Thein Lin.

Paying respects at the tombs of the fallen independence heroes were Yangon municipal officials, military guard of honor and representatives of social organizations.

Laying wreathes at the martyrs' tombs were bereaved family members of the martyrs or their representatives and social organizations.

Aung San, along with eight other martyrs who were his then bodyguard and seven councillor members, were all assassinated 61 years ago on July 19, 1947 before Myanmar regained independence from the British colonialists On Jan. 4, 1948.

Source: Xinhua


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