Myanmar holds ceremony to mark martyrs day

14:53, July 19, 2011      

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Myanmar held an annual ceremony here Tuesday 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 64th martyrs' day ceremony, which took place at the Martyrs ' Mausoleum, was attended by Yangon Mayor U Hla Myint.

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 family members of the martyrs including political figure Aung San Suu Kyi, daughter of General Aung San, and her brother Aung San Oo.

General Aung San, along with eight other martyrs including his bodyguard and seven councillor members, were assassinated on July 19, 1947 before Myanmar regained independence from the British colonial rule on Jan. 4, 1948.

Source: Xinhua
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