The solemn sound blaring from an array of bugles and the energetic flight taken by a flock of white pigeons lifted the spirits of members of the Nigerian armed forces in Lagos State on Saturday, as Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu laid wreath to commemorate this year’s Armed Forces Remembrance Day.
The governor led top officials of the state government, including the Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, and top brass of Nigeria military formations in Lagos State, to the symbolic event held yearly in honour of fallen heroes who sacrificed their lives in defence of the nation’s security and unity.
Officers of the Nigerian Army, Navy, Air Force and veterans in the Nigerian Legion marched in a memorial procession to honour fallen ex-servicemen at the short ceremony held at Remembrance Arcade, Tafawa Balewa Square, Onikan.
The military parade was followed by a traditional 21 gun-salute to honour the valour of the departed service personnel.
After laying the wreath, Sanwo-Olu said the sacrifice made by the fallen heroes was supreme and marked the symbol of the nation’s unity.
He charged members of the armed forces to continue to uphold the fine traditions bequeathed to the military by the departed soldiers.
The governor said the state had not only honoured the efforts of the fallen heroes by participating in the yearly remembrance, but had also catered for the welfare of families of departed soldiers living in the state through various intervention programmes.
Sanwo-Olu said as government supports families of fallen soldiers through the Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, the administration has not left out military veterans residing in the state.
Few days ago, the governor fulfilled a pledge of N50 million donation to the Lagos Command of the Nigerian Legion, in addition to employing over 5,000 military veterans as security guards across the state-own public schools, hospitals and other facilities.
Other highlights of the event included Islamic and Christian prayers for the souls of the departed soldiers.