In honour of our fallen heroes
| Hakim Hayat |
SEVEN months have passed since the tragic Bell 212 helicopter crash claimed the lives of 12 brave uniformed officers deep in the jungles of Kuala Belait.
The nation went into mourning as families across the nation wept for their loved ones.
Sharing the pain of his subjects and families of the lost soldiers, His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam delivered an emotional titah at the Sovereign’s Parade for the 8th Intake of Officer Cadets yesterday, bringing to light the fallen heroes and heroines by praying for Allah the Almighty’s blessings for their departed souls.
For families of the victims who attended as special guests, it was a day to honour their dearly departed’s sacrifices to the nation and celebrate the success of their fellow trainees from the 9th OCS intake.
Hjh Azizah, mother of the late OCdt Siti Nabilah Hj Naidi, said their presence served as a moral support for friends of her late daughter on their momentous occasion.
“The success of her fellow trainees today is symbolic to my late daughter’s success in the OCS although she is not with us here today, she is here in spirit. Her battle is still very much alive and we will forever support it,” she emotionally shared.
“We deeply appreciate the invitation to celebrate the success of everyone here and hope the newly commissioned officers will execute their duties and responsibilities with higher passion,” she added.
Other family members of the victims also shared the same sentiments. “Remembering their sacrifices to the nation is central to us as family members and we are happy to share this happy occasion with friends of our late sons and daughters.
“We will continue to live on and forever hold close to our hearts the cherished memories we have shared,” commented a family member who wished not to be named.