The 2017 Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebration was marked throughout Nigeria with the Governor of Delta State, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa leading prominent Nigerians to lay wreath on the foot of the statute of the “unknown soldier”.
The ceremony was of great significant as Asaba witnessed its first rainfall shortly before the commencement of the ceremony which took place at the Cenotaph, Asaba and featured parade by the Nigerian Army, Air Force, Navy and the Nigerian Legion.
Though, the rain was not heavy, it added to the solemn nature and reduced dust at the event which was attended by civil war veterans who adorned their ceremonial uniforms.
The ceremony which was witnessed by former Deputy Governor of Delta State, Chief Benjamin Elue, the Chief Judge of Delta State, Justice Marshal Umukoro, traditional rulers, clergymen, political office holders, among others also, featured a 21 one gun salute in honour of the fallen heroes while pigeons were released to signify peace.
Every year, on January 15 the Nigerian government honours soldiers who died in wars, especially, the World War and the Nigerian civil war in pursuit of the pursuit of peaceful co-existence.