Commemoration Day Celebrated On 30 November 2017
(Arabic: يوم الشهيد yawm ash-shahiid) is marked annually on November 30in the United Arab Emirates, recognising the sacrifices and edication of Emirati martyrs who have given their lifein the UAE and abroad in the field of civil, military and humanitarian service.
The first Emirati soldier to die in the line of duty was Salem Suhail bin Khamis, on November 30, 1971, during the “battle of the Greater Tunb” against Iranian forces shortly before the UAE’s formation. Bin Khamis led a six-member police force on Greater Tunb, invaded by Iran on the eve of Federation. He refused to lower the flag of Ras Al Khaimah, and the invaders killed him for his defiance.On August 19, 2015, it was announced that 30 November would be observed as Martyrs Day.
Memorial Day Celebrated On 28 May 2018
Memorial Day or Decoration Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. The holiday, which is currently observed every year on the last Monday of May, was held on May 29, 2017. The holiday was held on May 30 from 1868 to 1970. It marks the start of the unofficial summer vacation season,while Labor Day marks its end.
On June 3, 1861 Warrenton, Virginia was the location of the first Civil War soldier’s grave ever to be decorated,according to a Richmond Times-Dispatch newspaper article in 1906. In 1862 women in Savannah, Georgia decorated Confederate soldiers’ graves or the Savannah Republican. The 1863 cemetery dedication at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania,was a ceremony of commemoration at the graves of dead soldiers. On July 4, 1864, ladies decorated soldiers’ graves according to local historians in Boalsburg, Pennsylvania and Boalsburg promotes itself as the birthplace of Memorial Day.
What People Do At This Days?
Dignified commemorative events will take place around the UAE, under the auspices of government institutions.
At 8 am, the UAE flag will be lowered across the country (at all government and government-subsidiary premises) and will remain lowered until 11 am. It will be followed by a one minute’s silence and supplication from 11.30 am to 11.31 am. After the one minute’s silence, the UAE flag will be raised again while the UAE national anthem is played.
Some believe that an annual cemetery decoration practice began before the American Civil War and thus may reflect the real origin of the “memorial day” idea. Annual Decoration Days for particular cemeteries are still held on a Sunday in late spring or early summer in some rural areas of the American South, notably in the mountain areas. In cases involving a family graveyard where remote ancestors as well as those who were deceased more recently are buried, this may take on the character of an extended family reunion to which some people travel hundreds of miles. People gather, put flowers on graves and renew contacts with relatives and others. There often is a religious service and a picnic-like “dinner on the grounds,” the traditional term for a potluck at a church.