An event was organized by the Trade Union of the Ministry of Emergency Situations on the occasion of the Armed Forces Day of the Republic of Azerbaijan on June 26 with the participation of 44 veterans of the Civil War in the military unit N of the Civil Defense Troops in Gabala.
APA's local bureau reports that Mehman Ismayilov, chairman of the Ministry of Emergency Situations, Javanshir Alkhasov, deputy chairman of the Azerbaijan Trade Unions Confederation, Arif Abdullayev, deputy head of Gabala District Executive Power, Sadig Bekirli, head of the North-West Regional Center of the Ministry of Emergency Situations and N.A. Commander of military unit Rashad Hajiyev, a group of officers and soldiers attended.
First, the national anthem was played, and then the memory of the martyrs who sacrificed their lives for the homeland was commemorated with a minute of silence.
Mehman Ismayilov spoke about the history of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Azerbaijan and congratulated the servicemen and soldiers, veterans and families of martyrs on the holiday.
Mehman Ismayilov said that according to the decree of national leader Heydar Aliyev dated May 22, 1998, based on the historic decision of the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic on June 26, 1918 to establish the National Army, the June 26 calendar was marked as Armed Forces Day in Azerbaijan.
Mehman Ismayilov noted that today Azerbaijan has a strong and regular army, which is the result of the great leader's hard work, and today the Azerbaijani Armed Forces successfully continue its glorious mission under the leadership of Muzaffar Supreme Commander-in-Chief Ilham Aliyev. As a result of his unparalleled work, as well as his contribution to the development of a healthy and patriotic young generation during his presidency in Azerbaijan, our occupied lands were liberated by a 44-day counter-offensive thanks to the courage and dedication of professional Azerbaijani servicemen and young patriotic children.
In his speech, the chairman of the union also touched upon the work done by President Ilham Aliyev in the field of social security of martyrs' families, war invalids and veterans, social support for them in the post-war period, employment, housing, private houses and cars.
In his speech, Mehman Ismayilov also spoke about the activities of the First Lady, First Vice President of Azerbaijan, President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Mehriban Aliyeva in the care and attention paid to the families of martyrs, war invalids and veterans.
He noted that the special attention, initiative and dedication of the head of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation to the families of martyrs, war invalids and veterans in solving various problems, especially their social and medical rehabilitation problems, is commendable.
Mehman Ismayilov said that the Trade Union of the Ministry of Emergency Situations, in keeping with tradition, on the eve of the Armed Forces Day organized a holiday for 44 veterans of the Great Patriotic War in Nabran settlement, a visit of 44 parents of martyrs to Zangilan and a tree planting campaign.
Also, a meeting with the families of 44 martyrs will be held in Gabala tomorrow.
At the end of his speech, Mehman Ismayilov congratulated the participants on this significant day and wished them success.
Then, Deputy Chairman of the Azerbaijan Trade Unions Confederation Javanshir Alkhasov and Deputy Head of the Galaba District Executive Power Arif Abdullayev spoke about the work done to provide social and moral support to the families of martyrs, war invalids and participants.
At the end of the event, 44 veterans of the Great Patriotic War from the Gabala region were presented valuable gifts on behalf of the Trade Union of the Ministry of Emergency Situations.