Kazakhstan Celebrates Defender of the Fatherland Day on May 7
May 08. MFA
Kazakhstan celebrated Defender of the Fatherland Day on May 7, which this year coincided with the 20th anniversary of the country’s armed forces. President Nursultan Nazarbayev, the Commander-in-Chief of Kazakhstan, handled military decorations and awarded military ranks to men in the armed forces and law enforcement agencies for bravery and meritorious service in the Akorda Presidential Palace.
In congratulating the awardees, Nazarbayev commended them for their dedication and continued service to the country. Among the latter were representatives of Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Defence, National Security Committee, Ministry of Emergency Situations and Presidential Security Service.
President stressed the Kazakh armed forces were established on May 7, 1992 and this day remains an important milestone in the history of Kazakhstan.
“Within the two decades of our independence we have created an army, equipped it with modern weapons, and approved a new military doctrine. We spare no means to equip our troops and support military personnel in all areas. Our task today is to create a compact, powerful army that should be ready to repel any attempt to violate our borders, independence and infringe on the interests of our people,” Nursultan Nazarbayev said.
“Kazakhstan’s armed forces have a special responsibility and set an example for all soldiers and citizens of the country,” he emphasized.
Last week, the Head of State instructed the government to draft and submit a bill to the parliament to make the Defender of the Fatherland Day a public holiday.
“Serving in the army has become an honored duty of every citizen, a powerful school of patriotism, based on the heroic traditions of the previous generations”, the Presidential decree says.
In it, President Nazarbayev congratulated the veterans, military personnel, as well as all the citizens of Kazakhstan on the upcoming holiday.
“I wish all the people of Kazakhstan a peaceful sky over their heads, prosperity and well-being, new achievements for the good of our motherland,” he said in the decree.
Addressing the official awarding ceremony, First Deputy Chairman of Kazakhstan’s Joint Chiefs of Staff Nurlan Dzhulamanov noted today Kazakhstan’s army is becoming more respected in the world.
“To this end, the country’s leadership is doing their best. This allows increasing the prestige of military service. We have new technologies, modern weapons, and conduct various military training exercises on a regular basis. All of these measures are aimed at ensuring the security of our country,” he said.
Adjourning the ceremony, President Nazarbayev stressed the holiday has particular significance for it is celebrated on the eve of the Great Victory Day marking the end of the Great Patriotic War for the Soviet Union in 1945.
“Our fathers and grandfathers fought for independence, and thus we have managed to establish a sovereign Kazakhstan. I congratulate all veterans of the Defender of the Fatherland Day. I wish you all good health and success in the service for the benefit of peace and tranquility of our people, for the prosperity of Kazakhstan,” Nursultan Nazarbayev contended.
In continuation of the celebrations in Astana, a Festive Concert was held in the Kazakhstan Concert Hall.
Minister of Defence Adilbek Dzhaksybekov congratulated the attendees on the Defender of the Fatherland Day and the 20th anniversary of the country’s armed forces.
“Kazakhstan’s modern army is fundamentally different. According to international experts, today our army is one of the best in the Commonwealth of Independent States. In many ways it is compared with the leading armies and our officers and soldiers have the required professional qualifications”.
“Obviously, we are only half way to the goal and now we need to deal with many other issues. The armed forces should have a total capacity required to meet the present and future challenges,” Dzhaksybekov said.