APM pays homage to soldiers who died during two world wars

Written by  Chimwemwe Milulu and Emmanuel Chitambuli

President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika on 12th November 2017 led the nation in paying homage to soldiers who lost their lives in the First and Second World wars during the 2017 Remembrance Day at Mzuzu Upper Stadium.

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Among those who attended the function were Cabinet Ministers, Government Officials, Inspector General of Police, MDF Army Commander and the clergy.


Observed from the 11th hour on the 11th day in the month annually, the day, also  known as Poppy Day, is commemorated in all Commonwealth countries and some non-commonwealth nations.


The day was marked by a memorial service and a 2 gun salute. A moment of 2-minute silence was also observed at exactly Eleven O’clock in the morning to honor the heroic efforts, achievements and sacrifices that were made in the First and Second World Wars.


During the function the President laid a wreath. Among those who also laid their wreaths were the Inspector General of Police, MDF Army Commander, Speaker of the National Assembly and the Chief Justice.


The clergy prayed for the soldiers who lost their lives in the two world wars and those that were injured. They also prayed for continued peace in the country.


During the event, Malawian soldiers who died during various other peace missions in Mozambique, Ivory Coast and Democratic Republic of Congo are also remembered.


Malawi formerly known as Nyasaland sent 19, 000 soldiers during the Second World War.


World War I also known as the First World War, the Great War, or the War to End All Wars, was a global war originating in Europe that lasted from 28 July 1914 to 11 November 1918. More than 70 million military personnel, including 60 million Europeans, were mobilised in one of the largest wars in history.

While World War II also known as the Second World War, was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945, although related conflicts began earlier. It involved the vast majority of the world's countries including all of the great powers eventually forming two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis.

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