Thailand Armed Forced Day celebration 2014
The Defence Attache of Thailand to South Africa, Colonel Kultawat Vaijai and his wife Mrs Runjana Vaijai (centre) hosted a reception on 31 January 2014 in celebration of Thailand Armed Forces Day. Pictured with them are Mr Voradet Viravakin - Ambassador of Thailand (l) and Dr. Anyarat Chattharakul (Ping) - First Secretary (r).
Speech by Colonel Kultawat Vaijai, Defence Attache of Thailand to South Africa
Excellency’s, Generals, Admirals, Members of the diplomatic corps, distinguished guests, Ladies and Gentlemen…
It is my honor and a privilege to welcome all of you here tonight, and to thank you all for joining us in the celebration of the Thailand Armed Forces Day and also the Chinese New Year.
The Thailand Armed Forces day is supposed to be held on the 18th of January however if I was to hold it on the said date none of you fine people would have been able to be here as all or most of you would still be on holiday down at the coast or touring the beautiful country.
The Royal Thai Armed Forces Day can be traced back to the year 1592. On this day almost 500 years ago, the glorious battles in old traditional wars took place on elephant back between two great warriors, the Thai King Naresuan and the Burmese crown prince. Since then we celebrate our Armed Forces Day to honor that event, especially the king. Even though the role of our Monarchy has changed in accordance with time, His Majesty the King is highly honoured as the top leader of the Royal Thai Armed Forces.
Another purpose of the Armed Forces day is to recognize the brave men and women of our Armed Forces. I believe we owe an incredible debt of gratitude to them.
Everyday these men and women that joined the Armed Forces still do what they did a century ago, patrolling, safeguarding our freedom, our country and our way of life, risking their lives for us.
So tonight on this Armed Forces day celebration, let us take this opportunity to show our support and gratitude to the brave men and women of our Armed Forces for they deserve our respect and admiration.
Last, but not least I would like to thank my wife, my staff and Mr. & Mrs. Kangsadan, for arranging this wonderful function, and then of course to you all… thank you for honoring us by attending tonight.
Finally, please join me in raising our glasses in a toast to the Armed Forces.