“On this glorious day, we treasure the values of sacrifice and love for the nation and we highly honour and pay profound gratitude and reverence to the heroes of national duty who wrote with their pure blood the epic of dignity and glory. We pray to Almighty Allah to shower mercy on their souls and extend deep thanks to their families.

We confirm that the nation will never forget those who offered their blood and lives in defence of the nation. Our martyrs will also remain the source of dignity, glory and a beacon for generations, and their families and children will receive from us, and from the state and community, full care and attention.

On and through the 30th of November, we affirm that the anniversary of our martyrs will remain alive and fresh in the memory of generations and immortal in the conscience of our people. We, in our united and unified house, are capable of preserving and protecting the state which our forefathers founded on the values of charity, giving, generosity, advocating for right and standing with the oppressed. The sacrifices of our martyrs will further solidify our will, determination, strength, cohesion and solidarity.

On this day, we salute our proud people, our soldiers, officers and commanders of the UAE Armed Forces, who are stationed in the battlefields of honour and dignity in defence of the nation and state and for raising its national flag high.

We also salute Emirati men and women who are working in the fields of charity, security, performing their civilian and humanitarian duty inside and outside the UAE.

May Allah save and spare our nation from any evil and harm, and rest the souls of our martyrs in Paradise along with prophets, the righteous and good persons.”

His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces

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