ABU DHABI // National leaders moved on Monday to ensure that neither the fallen heroes of the Yemen war, nor the needs of their families, will be forgotten.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, ordered the establishment of a Martyrs Family Affairs office at the Crown Prince Court.
Staff at the office will work with other authorities to ensure that the bereaved families are given all the support and care they need.
Among projects to honour the sacrifice of the soldiers who gave their lives in Yemen, a museum will be dedicated to their memory. The museum will also house a special martyrs’ archive.
The archive, to be launched on November 30, Martyrs’ Day, will document the records of each soldier, including their biography, their career and any other relevant information.
Plans for the archives are already in motion, with support from the Armed Forces and other official bodies, said Dr Abdullah Al Rayes, director general of the National Archives.
In Ajman, a martyrs’ square and memorial will be created in Al Alam Park at the request of the Ruler, Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi.
The emirate’s municipality and planning department will oversee construction. The memorial will celebrate the positive role the fallen soldiers have played in influencing the people of Ajman.
Dubai Customs will build a mosque in honour of the “martyrs of the Emirates”.
The Ruler of Sharjah, Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, has already dedicated a public square in Sharjah City to every Emirati who has died in the line of duty since the country was founded in 1971.
* Reporting by Wam