Commemoration Day marked with #The_UAE_Remembers Campaign – Update

Change is in paragraph 8 on time of lowering the flag - "#The_UAE_Remembers includes will culminate in the symbolic lowering of the national flag across the UAE at 8.00 a.m. on Wednesday November 30th"

ABU DHABI, 6th November, 2016 (WAM) -- The Martyrs' Families' Affairs Office at the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince's Court today launched #The_UAE_Remembers campaign in the run up to the UAE's Commemoration Day, marked annually on 30th November.

#The_UAE_Remembers enables the UAE's community to show their respect and gratitude to those members of UAE society who have made the ultimate sacrifice and given their lives for the safety and security of the nation. It is also an opportunity for the UAE's diverse communities to show their support and stand with the country's leadership in its efforts to provide a safe, secure and tolerant environment for all of those who call the nation their home.

The campaign rests on four main pillars: the pride shared by all of the UAE in the sacrifices made by the country's heroes, immortalising the memory of those who gave their lives for the nation; gratitude for the cohesion and unity that characterise the UAE, and marking Commemoration Day itself as an annual event in the calendar and a dedicated occasion to show respect through remembrance.

#The_UAE_Remembers campaign follows the directives of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, to honour the sacrifices of the nation's heroes; and reflects the respect and appreciation that H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, holds for the heroes' families.

Sheikh Khalifa bin Tahnoun bin Mohammed Al Nahyan, Director of The Martyrs' Families' Affairs Office at the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince's Court, said that Commemoration Day is a national event which allows everyone to express their pride in the sacrifices made by the heroes of the UAE.

"The Martyrs' Families' Affairs Office at the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince's Court will work with all relevant authorities to ensure we reach out across the nation and enable everyone - citizens, residents, government and businesses - to participate and show their respect," said Sheikh Khalifa bin Tahnoun. "This is our way of showing our gratitude for the sacrifices made by our countrymen, as well as giving our full support to their families, in line with the values of unity and solidarity ingrained in UAE society."

The campaign will run throughout the month of November 2016 and includes activities and events targeting all sections of society, to motivate and empower everyone to actively participate in the occasion and express their gratitude and respect to those who gave their lives for our collective safety and security.

This year, #The_UAE_Remembers recalls the sacrifices made by all the heroes of the Union. It pays tribute to the mothers and fathers of these heroes, who raised their sons and daughters to love their nation and hold its values, honour, and sovereignty in the highest regard. The 2016 campaign reflects the unity and cohesion of the UAE's people in the face of adversities, as well as the Emirates' commitment to the safety, security and tolerance of the region as a whole.

School and university events, sporting events and other social functions will be held allowing the public to interact with #The_UAE_Remembers campaign, and pay their respects to the nation's heroes.

#The_UAE_Remembers includes will culminate in the symbolic lowering of the national flag across the UAE at 8.00 a.m. on Wednesday November 30th, which will be accompanied by One Minute of Silent Prayer in every emirate, bringing together people from all segments of UAE society to stand together at 11:30 a.m. to pray and pay their respects in silent reflection.

The Martyrs' Families' Affairs Office at the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince's Court - in cooperation with various stakeholders - will oversee all events organised for #The_UAE_Remembers. The office asks that all organisations and individuals planning Commemoration Day activities work with them to ensure that all activities are a respectful and fitting way to remember those who gave their lives, and to honour their families.

Commemoration Day is a national occasion and encourages participation from all of the UAE's diverse communities, Emirati nationals as well as those from 200 nationalities who are proud to call the UAE their home. It is an annual occasion for all of society to unite in gratitude for the sacrifices made by the country's brave heroes to uphold the nation's pride and dignity, and protect its security and stability.

Source: Emirates News Agency