Thai armed forces day, 18 Jan 2017

THE 18th OF January marks Armed Forces day in Thailand, and while not a national holiday, all Thais are reminded on this day of how much they owe to the country's armed services: The Royal Thai Army, The Royal Thai Air Force, The Royal Thai Navy ( incorporating the Royal Thai Marine Corps) and Royal Thai Police.
Thai armed forces day, 18 Jan 2017
( | Press Release | 2017-01-20 06:19:58 )
Thai soldiers celebrate their professional day on January18. It is Royal Thai Armed Forces Day, that annually commemorates the victory of King Naresuan in a duel.
The event took place in 1592 (or 1593, according to the other sources) when the King Naresuan defeated the Burmese Crown Prince Mingyi Swa in an elephant duel. The holiday was annually observed on January 25, but the date was changed to 18 in 2007.

The basic role of our country's armed services is the defence of the realm; a burgeoning responsibility that encompasses national security of the country's borders, internal security, a role currently under the international microscope as our forces attempt to restore peace to the largely Muslim populated regions of the South. But in recent years, Thai forces have been active in United Nations peacekeeping missions in East Timor, Afghanistan and Iraq.

The average citizen, however, has little knowledge, or understanding of the nationwide role of the armed forces; oftentimes seeing them only on state occasions, during official parades, or fly-pasts. As we go to print, members of the country's special forces are embroiled in border conflicts with insurgents, and not just in the South!

Celebration in 2017
January 18, 2017, at 1300hrs, at the Royal Thai Army Headquarters, Bangkok, Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha presided over the religious ceremony to commemorate 2017 Royal Thai Armed Forces Day and Royal Thai Army Day. Participated in the event were Minister of Defense, the Royal Thai Army’s high-ranking commanders, former commanders, and officials.

Upon arrival, the Prime Minister was welcomed and saluted by the honor guards. He, then, laid floral offerings at the royal statue of King Rama V, and attended chanting ceremony by the monks.

January 18 of each year has been designated the Royal Thai Armed Forces Day and Royal Thai Army Day to honor King Naresuan the Great for his reclamation of independence, and to remember soldiers of the Royal Thai Armed Forces for their sacrifices to protect national sovereignty.

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