On Friday 18 January 2008 troops from Infantry Center of Thanaratchata Camp Pranburi have celebrated Royal Thai Army Day.
The Royal Thai Army Day is the commemoration of King Naresuan the Great's victory on January 18, 1593 where he claimed a famous feat over the Burmese during the elephant wars.
The celebrations were led by Major General Niwat Minayotin a chief of Infantry Center.
At the beginning of the celebrations one hundred lance-corporals army students dressed in traditional Thai clothes have demonstrated the art of sword fighting. Thai sword-fighting held on as a national art and as a means of self-defense until about 200 years ago, during the reign of King Rama II, when the army was reorganized and equipped with modern musketry and cannon developed in the West.
After the sword fight display, eight battalions have paraded around the field to the tune of a marching music played by the infantry military band. Commander of the eight battalions, Colonel Prajinta Chaveesak has reported to the Chief of Infantry Center Major General Niwat Minayotin that the honor troops and the eight battalions were ready for inspection. Major General Niwat Minayotin together with other commanders has inspected the troops from a jeep and has returned to the podium where they have saluted to the marching troops.
Next representatives of the eight battalions have welcomed the eight Royal Colors to the shelter built to accommodate ten monks. Major General Niwat Minayotin lit a candle and incense for the Buddha. The ten monks began to chant sacred words.
After the prayers, Major General and other commanders went back to the podium to take an oath from all of the battalions in front of the Thai Flag. The Royal Army Day is a very important celebration in Thailand.
Reported by Khun Tuck Dechapanya
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