NLD marks general Aung San's birthday

Feb 16, 2009 (DVB), The National League for Democracy held celebrations to mark general Aung San's birthday and Burmese Children’s Day on 13 February at its headquarters in Rangoon and in South Dagon township.

The Children’s Day celebration at the NLD headquarters was attended by more than 100 children and about 200 NLD members.

The day also marked the 84th birthday of general Aung San, known as the architect of Burmese independence.

Myo Zaw Aung, a member of North-Eastern Mandalay NLD youth wing, said the life of general Aung San should serve as an example to the children.

"We want our children to learn from the way general Aung San lived his life and grow up into valuable human beings," he said.

The celebration was opened by central executive committee member Hla Pe, and general Aung San’s biography was read to the children.

This was followed by singing, poetry readings and public speaking contests.

Nine-year-old Thida Yu from Rangoon’s Daw Pon township won the public speaking contest for reciting a speech made by general Aung San on 22 October 1946.

NLD press and information wing member Dr Win Naing said the event was intended to remind young people of general Aung San's contribution to Burma.

"We do this to honour general Aung San, who was the father of our nation’s independence and the Tatmadaw," he said.

"Also we want our children to remember that there was a leader in our country who brought us independence so that we are living in freedom now."

A celebration was also held in South Dagon township’s 70th ward by NLD youth members and was attended by senior NLD member Win Tin and several other party members.

There was also a poetry reading contest and the children were given food and presents.

Reporting by Naw Say Phaw and Maung Too

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