Sheikh Mohammed leads tributes 'to the bravery of those who have sacrificed their very lives in the line of duty'
A minute's silence will be observed on Thursday across the UAE at 11.30am local time to mark Commemoration Day.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, said that Commemoration Day is an occasion to "pay homage to the bravery of those who have sacrificed their very lives in the line of duty, defending the sovereignty of their nation".
In a statement to Dira’a Al Watan, Nation Shield magazine, Sheikh Mohammed said: “The UAE's martyrs have set a magnificent example of sacrifices that entrust us with a great responsibility to preserve our unity and become more committed and dedicated to continue the drive of evolving our beloved homeland."
He added: “On this glorious day, we reiterate our firm determination to follow in their footsteps, ensure synergy across all state sectors and continue our efforts to ensure that their sacrifices, which will remain indelible in the annals of history, will continue to serve the supreme interests of our homeland.
"We bow in respect for the souls of our brave, heroic martyrs; whose names will live eternally as martyrs of honor, courage and patriotism."
Sheikh Mohammed said: "It’s quite heartening to see the UAE people holding the invaluable sacrifices of their martyrs in high esteem out of sheer gratitude for what they have done for the higher good of their homeland and its people. All segments of society are vying with each other to best observe and perpetuate the memory of their sacrifices."
He also expressed his sincere appreciation for the families of the martyrs who stood firm behind their sons.