UNIFIL observes Lebanese Independence Day

Students from Cadmus College in Tyre performed at the UNIFIL ceremony marking Lebanese Independence Day on 17 November 2016.

UNIFIL’s Lebanese National Staff Union (NSU) organized an event at the Mission headquarters in Naqoura to commemorate Lebanese Independence Day on 17 November 2016.

Head of UNIFIL Major General Beary congratulated Cadmus College students for their performance at the UNIFIL ceremony held on 17 November 2016.

UNIFIL troops salute Lebanese higher authorities, including President Michel Aoun, during the Independence Day parade in Beirut on 22 November 2016.

UNIFIL Head of Mission and Force Commander Major General Michael Beary joined senior Lebanese officials in celebrating the country’s 73rd Independence Day in the capital, Beirut, on 22 November 2016.

A company of UNIFIL peacekeepers joined Lebanese Armed Forces in a parade in Beirut, marking the Lebanese Independence Day on 22 November 2016.

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24 Nov 2016

UNIFIL observes Lebanese Independence Day

The 73rd Lebanese Independence Day was celebrated in UNIFIL headquarters with an event hosted by the Lebanese National Staff Union (NSU) last week. A choir and dancers from Cadmous College in Tyre performed to a large audience of military and civilian peacekeepers in UNIFIL’s marquee called the Rubb Hall in the UN Mission’s headquarters in Naqoura.  

The talented Lebanese school children, who have lived for a full decade without knowing war in Lebanon, were a positive reminder to the peacekeepers of the importance of their mission here, and the audience cheered the performers.

“UNIFIL was founded in 1978 and to date it is still here striving to provide stability and security in the service of the peace cause in southern Lebanon,” said Youssef Sfeir, UNIFIL’s NSU Chairperson in his speech to the full auditorium. “UNIFIL’s success can be largely attributed to the hard work undertaken by our national, international and military colleagues since the inception of the mission and to date.”

Monita Yousief, a UNIFIL staff member, composed and performed a patriotic Independence Day song.

UNIFIL Head of Mission and Force Commander Major General Michael Beary also addressed the gathering. “Since 22 November 1943, Lebanon has, for 73 years, been a proud member of International Community, a founding member of the United Nations and an important interface on the Mediterranean between Europe and the Middle East with spiritual, intellectual, economic and family ties with both of those important spheres. The nation’s fathers could not have chosen a more symbolic representation for their nation than the cedar, an internationally recognized symbol, not only of Lebanon, but also of eternity and peace.”

On 22 November, UNIFIL’s chief and a company from the Mission also participated in the Lebanese Military Parade marking Independence Day in Beirut. UNIFIL troops marched with their Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) counterparts, a powerful symbol to the people of Lebanon of the close cooperation between UNIFIL and the LAF in the cause of peace.

Article: Aoibheann O'Sullivan
Video Editor: Suzane Badereddine
Video Camera: Ghifar Charafeddine
Photo: Karl Johnston, Pasqual Gorriz