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On the occasion of the Lebanese Army's 70th Anniversary
General Kahwagi unveils a statue of President Chehab at the Military Academy
1 August 2015 - Military Academy, Yerzi
The ceremony was attended by former President Cheikh Amine Gemayel, retired Brigadier General Moussa Zahran representating former President General Emile Lahoud, former Commander of General Staff Major General P.S.C Chawqi el Masri representing former President General Michel Sleiman, deputy Prime Minister Minister of National Defense Engineer Samir Moqbel and Chief of General Staff Major General P.S.C Walid Selman along with numerous high ranked officers, political, economic, cultural and media figures and members from the family of the late president and the Fouad Chehab Foundation.
The ceremony began with the national anthem and a silent moment in honor of the soul of president Chehab and the Army martyrs. Afterwards, General Kahwagi gave a speech for the occasion in which he commended the historic role played by President Fouad Chehab in building the army on steady grounds and unifying national principles, as well as the state institutions that are till nowadays the guarantee of the country’s existence. By reactivating them and boosting their role, the Republic can achieve an era of stability and development. General Kahwagi also reiterated that the Army today continues in the same path as Fouad Chehab intended, for despite the events in the surroundings and the region and under the current division, the Army is still the common denominator between the Lebanese, nay, the main pillar in rebuilding a strong, surviving, developed Lebanon.
Afterwards, the president of the Fouad Chehab Foundation, Dr. Chafiq Mouharram delivered a speech on the occasion in which he thanked the Command of the Lebanese Army for this gesture, then reminded all present of the achievements of the late president as well as his role in building the state of institutions and the development, economic and social projects that he launched during his mandat. Dr. Mouharram also exposed the work of the Fouad Chehab Institution in the frame of documenting his national accomplishments and personal heritage.