A two-hour long military parade reviewed by President Fuad Chehab marked Lebanon's sixteenth independence day celebrations in Beirut, Nov. 22.
GV Spectators on roof.
GV PAN..Crowds in street.
SV The Pope's representative arrives.
SV PAN..Diplomat arrives.
LV Officials and diplomats arriving.
LV President Chehab arrives.
CU President Chehab.
SV Mr.Karami presents medals to officers.
LV Officials seated.
SV PAN..Troops march past.
LV Red Cross girls march past.
SV Naval detachment.
REAR V..Army detachment.
LV Mechanised section past dais.
SV Bren gun carriers.
LV Field guns.
SV PAN..Heavy artillery.
LV Planes fly past in formation.
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Background: A two-hour long military parade reviewed by President Fuad Chehab marked Lebanon's sixteenth independence day celebrations in Beirut, Nov. 22.
Watching the parade were government ministers including Premier Karami; members of the Diplomatic Corps, including a Papal representative; and Lebanon's Army commanders, including C-in-C General Adel Chehab.
Many troops carried paper lanterns instead of guns - this was primarily a peaceful celebration and one of rejoicing to judge by the President's message to the country that Lebanon was on the road to a new life because of "the disappearance of the spirit of discord and hatred, the desire to set aside anything that might encourage internal divisions, and a willingness to make unceasing efforts to build the State and society on the foundations of morality, justice, equality and duty."