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Martyrs’ Day is a Burmese national holiday observed on 19 July to commemorate Gen. Aung San and six other leaders of the pre-independence interim government—Thakin Mya, Ba Cho, Abdul Razak, Ba Win, Mahn Ba Khaing and Sao San Tun—all of whom were assassinated on that day in 1947. It is customary for high-ranking government officials to visit the Martyrs’ Mausoleum in Yangonin the morning of that day to pay respects.

Myoma U Than Kywe led the ceremony of the First Burmese Martyrs’ Day on July 20, 1947 in Rangoon.

Aung San is a Burmese revolutionary, nationalist, and founder of the modern Burmese army (Tatmadaw), and considered to  be the Father of Modern Day Burma, and he is the father of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi.

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