• Short Summary

    Tributes were paid to Syrian martyrs in a commemorative service in a cemetery near Damascus on Tuesday (6 May).

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    Tributes were paid to Syrian martyrs in a commemorative service in a cemetery near Damascus on Tuesday (6 May). Martyrs' Day has become an annual day of remembrance but this year concentrated on the Syrians who did during the October War of 1973 against Israel.

    Crowds of mourners watched as President Hafez Al-Assad, with government leaders, including Defence Minister Tlas, entered the cemetery. The President later laid a wreath at a monument to the martyrs and inspected a guard of honour
    Martyrs' Day began 61 years ago to commemorate the hanging of Syrian resistance leaders during the Turkish occupation in 1914. Since then it has been extended to pay tribute to those whom President Assad says "sacrificed their lives in defence of the homeland's freedom and dignity" from the time of independence to the October War.

    The President lit a traditional commemorative torch as drums and trumpets sounded. He later inaugurated a school for the children of the October War martyrs. He affirmed in a speech that Syria would look after these children in their Arab homeland and provide them with assistance.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9FUOILEVQ85W9KLFCRQI0EEO4
    Media URN:
    VLVA9FUOILEVQ85W9KLFCRQI0EEO4
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/05/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:17:00
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    N/A

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