Asmara — Eritrean Martyrs Day was today commemorated across nation with patriotic zeal under the theme Lofty Sovereign Dignity - Fruit of Supreme Martyrdom. Reports also indicated that the commemoration of the Day took place in a number of cities abroad.
In the commemoration at national level conducted in Asmara City in the morning hours, President Isaias Afwerki, ministers, Army commanders, senior PFDJ officials, religious leaders and thousands of citizens walked from the Shida area to Patriots Cemetery along with a Marching Band.
President Isaias, Gen. Sibhat Ephrem, Minister of Defense, Mr. Al-Amin Mohammed Seid, PFDJ Seretary, Ms. Leul Gebreab, Chairperson of NUEW, and Mr. Kahsai Gebrehiwet, Administrator of Central region, laid wreath at the cemetery.
In a speech he delivered on the occasion, President Isaias expressed appreciation to the Eritrean people inside the country and abroad for demonstrating praiseworthy joint endeavor towards reinforcing the task of ensuring economic development on the one hand, and safeguarding the nation's sovereignty and dignity on the other in line with the imperative of honoring the trust of martyrs. He further called on citizens to reaffirm their pledge through mounting staunch resistance against external conspiracies and putting up hard work, including during the current promising rainy season.
Mr. Kahsai Gebrehiwet, Administrator of the Central region, said that commemoration of Martyrs Day shoulders responsibilities to the Eritrean people and their leadership as regards realization of the cherished goal of ensuring the nation's all-round development.
The commemorative event also witnessed presentation of artistic works.