On Sunday 08 January 2009 in the afternoon at Infantry Centre (Thanarat Camp) took place Affirmation Ceremony to the Colors of military units. At 3.30pm Thai flag has been raised and bugle has signaled beginning of the ceremony. Chief Commander of Infantry Center Major General Niwat Meenahyptin has arrived in the jeep. On his arrival Vice Chief of Infantry Centre Special Colonel Suwat Dham-kit has started run towards General Niwat Meenahyptin and has reported that soldiers from all 8 battalions are ready for inspection.
After inspecting the soldiers, all the high rank officers sat in a tent. Eight soldiers brought folded Royal Colors flag. Major General Niwat lit a candle and incense in front of the Buddha and then ten monks have started pray. They have wished soldiers prosperity and have blessed to the Royal Colors flag. After the religious part of the ceremony eight battalions have paraded along the field led by military band. Today many guests came from Hua Hin and Pranburi District. Among them was Chief Judge of Youth & Family from the Provincial Court. The Affirmation Ceremony has finished at 05.00 p.m.
The first Affirmation Ceremony in Royal Thai Army took place on 20 October 1928 during reign of HM the King Rama VII. In this ceremony took part Army and Navy units and later they were assigned to do service at the King’s palace in Bangkok. On that day Prapok-Klao-Jao-U-Hua has presided over the Affirmation Ceremony and military parade. From 1950 the Ministry of Defense has decided to hold separate Affirmation Day for Royal Thai Army and Royal Navy. Since then Royal Thai Army has each year Affirmation Ceremony on the 8th of January.
Reported by Khun Tuck Dechapanya
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