November the second was Martyr's Day -- and in Lebanon the country's reconstituted army held a special parade to commemorate the day.
November the second was Martyr's Day -- and in Lebanon the country's reconstituted army held a special parade to commemorate the day. The Lebanese Army, which disintegrated into a number of factions during the civil war, is slowly beginning to play a more prominent role along side the ??? UN Forces and private militias in Lebanon.
SYNOPSIS: The Guard of Honour was inspecting by the Commander of the Lebanese Army, General Victor Khoury.
Martyr's Day is also known as the 'Day of the Dead' and traditionally follows All Saints Day on November the first. This ceremony -- in Beirut -- commemorated the fallen in Lebanon's bitter civil war. Although the Lebanese Army is the weakest and least motivated armed organisation within the country, under General Khoury it is now becoming a stronger force.
Government leaders have appealed to Lebanon's youth to join the Army -- rather than private factions -- and to fight for their country. All the Lebanese factions say publicly that the Army is the only legitimate armed force and should be rebuilt to restore law and order. In practice, however, the armed elements dominating the country treat the Army with suspicion. Few are prepared to rely on it to protect their interests. But nevertheless the Lebanese Army is slowly gaining respectability.
The top command has been re-organised and is no longer dominated by Christians. New recruits and equipment are arriving. But General Khoury has acknowledge that the struggle ahead will be a long one.