13 February 2020
The Unveiling Ceremony of Bogyoke Aung San bronze statue at Thapyaegone roundabout in Nay Pyi Taw was held on the 13th of February, marking his birthday.
President U Win Myint, vice presidents U Myint Swe and U Henry Van Thio and many other officials attended the Ceremony. General Aung San was born to U Phar and Daw Suu in Natmauk Township of Magway Region on 13 February 1915. His family was already well known in the resistance movement; his grandfather Bo Min Yaung fought against the British annexation in 1886. Bogyoke Aung San received his primary education at a Buddhist monastic school in Natmauk, and secondary education at Yenangyaung High School. He went to Rangoon University which is now the University of Yangon.
Chairman, Bogyoke Statue Erection Committee, Min Thu said “The Bogyoke Statue Erection Committee was comprised of 5 patrons and 27 members in 2017. The Committee had three main aims - to fulfill the public's will for placing the Bogyoke Statue in Nay Pyi Taw, to help the next generation know about the efforts of General Aung San for gaining Independence and history of building a union and to hand down the responsibility to build a democratic federal union.”
With the use of 7 tons of bronze, the statue is 18 feet high and the plinth is 15 feet high, altogether 33 feet high. The architect from Bogyoke Statue Erection Committee shared his experience of building the statue.
Architect, Bogyoke Statue Erection Committee, Kaung Htet San said “The plinth was RC structure. The design was the latest version to attract the public. As an architect, this is my first time to build a statue plinth. I'm so proud that I had to participate in Bogyoke Statue erection process.”
Those who attended the ceremony expressed their views on General Aung San.
Member of Parliament, Dr. Kywe Kywe said “I want to urge the young generation to nurture the spirit Bogyoke Aung San had and do as Bogyoke Aung San did for gaining Independence in building a democratic federal union.”
Member, Nay Pyi Taw Cycling Group, Zay Yar said “Our Cycling Group in Nay Pyi Taw got a chance to attend the unveiling ceremony of Bogyoke Aung San bronze statue. We are so proud that we had General Aung San, the national hero in the country. He still remains in our heart.”
Affectionately known as "Bogyoke", General Aung San is still widely admired and his name is still invoked to this day.
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