Veteran’s Day pushed to next week
By Kidega Livingstone
Celebrations to mark the 64th Anniversary of Veteran’s Day have been postponed to next week.
The Ministry of Defense and Veterans Affairs confirmed the move yesterday.
The day which was supposed to be celebrated yesterday was pushed to Thursday next week.
Many veterans of the liberation struggle are set to receive medals for their heroism during the 21-year long civil war with the Sudan.
Speaking to the invited guests and veterans yesterday at army headquarters –Bilpham, Minister of Defense and Veteran Affairs, Kuol Manyang Juuk said the postponement should not discourage the guests because the Guest of Honor- President Salva Kiir Mayardit was committed.
He emphasized that Ministry of Defense would not give up to organize celebration of the day next Thursday “because it is a historic event for the current government and the people of South Sudan.”
“For us we don’t give up, we don’t get discouraged if the time is there we shall continue with the celebration because it is very important. So the day of today has been shifted to next Thursday next week,” Kuol Mangang said.
“This is also very good because you came and met yourselves as comrades and known by your friends that you are alive.”
According to the Minister Kuol Manyang, veterans were the foundation of Independence and Development of this country.
Amongst the veterans to be awarded include some the Commanders of Anyanya One who fired the first bullet in 1956 in Torit.
He said they were later joined by Anyanya Two where those of President Kiir and other heroes and heroines were part of.
Others lined up for the awards are former Minister of Trade and Bridge, Rebecca Joshua Okwachi and Deputy Governor of Jubek State Francis Latio.