The Lebanese Army will be 75-years-old this Saturday, but will not be able to perform any parades or performances due to the prevailing pandemic. This doesn’t mean the Lebanese Army Day will not be celebrated!
Kermalak Ya Watan is an upcoming celebration, organized by the NGO Lebanese and Proud, that aims to pay tribute to the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) on its 75th anniversary.
The virtual event, which will broadcast and live-stream on local TV stations and social media on August 1st at 8:45 PM, will take place under the patronage of Commander of the LAF General Joseph Aoun.
It will include a variety of artistic performances by famous Lebanese singers, musicians, and dancers, in addition to a showcase of the Lebanese Army’s greatest milestones.
Popular names like Melhem Zein, Ghassan Saliba, Ramy Ayach, Joseph Attieh, and Assi El-Hallani will be featured on the show.
Interestingly, Lebanese and Proud Vice-President Nathalie Rahal, who is also the co-founder of ICE International Events: the show’s producer, told The Daily Star that the event will have a high production value despite its relatively low budget.
“The nice thing is that, as long as the event was for the Army, so many people were willing to offer their services for free. So we ended up creating a huge event, with high production values, on a very minimal budget,” she said.
The patriotic live performance provides a chance for the Lebanese to show due support and appreciation for their army, despite the unfavorable economic and public health circumstances.