Burma marked its 69th Martyrs’ Day today, commemorating the day in 1947 that independence leader General Aung San and seven other members of his interim pre-independence government, as well as a body guard, were assassinated, changing the course of modern Burmese history forever. It is a solemn occasion, but one remembered with great pride in those who sacrificed their lives in the service of the country.
As in years past, ceremonies were held throughout the country, attracting large crowds even in the pouring rain. This year also marked the first time that Aung San’s daughter, State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, attended the main ceremony at the Martyrs’ Mausoleum in Rangoon as the de facto leader of the Burmese government.
Also in attendance at events in Rangoon and elsewhere in the country were President Htin Kyaw and Senior-General Min Aung Hlaing, the commander-in-chief of Burma’s armed forces.