Commemoration Day

Commemoration Day Ceremonies

Commemoration Day ceremonies are distinct from other national ceremonies. They start at 8 a.m., with the UAE flag flown at half-mast across the nation.

As ceremonies commence, the rulers of the emirates lay the laurel wreaths, and a 21-gun salute is fired by the artillery. At 11 a.m., all members of society observe a minute's silence and offer a silent prayer to the nation's heroes, in recognition for their immortal sacrifices for the nation. At 11:31 a.m., the flags are raised high, followed by the UAE's national anthem. Families of heroes then receive the Medal of Honor, followed by an official speech. The ceremony is then concluded with the missing man formation.