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Thai military holds ceremony to swear allegiance to king


Added 01-18-20 06:35:02am EST - “Thailand's king presided over an oath-taking ceremony Saturday at an army base where almost 7,000 soldiers and police paraded to mark Armed Forces Day.” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “Thai military holds ceremony to swear allegiance to king”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

BANGKOK (AP) - Thailand’s king presided over an oath-taking ceremony Saturday at an army base where almost 7,000 soldiers and police paraded to mark Armed Forces Day.

King Maha Vajiralongkorn’s presence at the ceremony was unusual, as Thai monarchs have rarely, if ever, attended the occasion, even though the royal palace and the military are closely linked. Queen Suthida and the king’s oldest daughter, Princess Bajrakitiyabha, also attended.

The government announced that the ceremony was not only to mark Armed Forces Day, but also to honor the king’s coronation, which took place last year.

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“I pledge my life to honor and sustain the greatness of the king. I pledge my loyalty to Your Majesty and will serve and guard Your Majesty till the end of my life,” the chief of defense forces, Gen. Pornpipat Benyasri, said as he led the oath-taking ceremony at the Adisorn Military Camp in the central province of Saraburi.

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