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Nigeria Celebrates Armed Forces Remembrance Day

This year’s Nigerian Armed Forces Day, also known as Remembrance Day was celebrated on 15 January 2017. Previously, the day was marked on 11 November every year to coincide with the Remembrance Day (Poppy Day) for the World War II veterans in the British Commonwealth of Nations. But the day was changed to 15 January of every year in Nigeria to coincide with the surrender of Biafran troops to the Federal troops on 15 January 1970 to signal the end of the Nigerian Civil War. The day is marked with a Remembrance Day Parade at the Cenotaph in Abuja and in the capital cities of the 36 states of Nigeria.

The ceremony included 21 gun salutes, playing of the Last Post, a minute&singlequot;s silence, laying of wreaths and release of pigeons to symbolize peace. In the months leading to January 2017, Armed Forces Remembrance Day Emblems were put on sale across the country. Proceeds from the sale of the Remembrance Emblem go to the Nigerian Legion.

The ceremony was graced by the Chief of Defence Intelligence, AVM MS Usman, the CDS and all the Service Chiefs. The President and Commander-in-Chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces, President Muhammadu Buhari led the laying of wreaths followed by the Vice President, Defence Minister, Senate President and several other dignitaries.

 By DIA Public Affairs19th January
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