Myanmar Military to Mark Armed Forces Day Despite COVID-19

By The Irrawaddy 18 January 2021

Naypyitaw — Myanmar’s military says it will follow COVID-19 health regulations when it marks the 76th Armed Forces Day in March.

“We cannot yet give details about where and how the event will be organized but Armed Forces Day will be held on March 27,” military spokesman Major General Zaw Min Tun told The Irrawaddy.

The annual parade commemorates the end of Myanmar’s armed struggle against Japanese forces in 1945. Military commanders, foreign military attaches and their families usually attend the large-scale parade.

Last year’s “diamond jubilee” was due to be held on a larger scale but was canceled due to concerns over COVID-19.

Commander-in-chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing was unable to attend the event in 2019 and his deputy, Vice Senior General Soe Win, represented him instead.

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