Cambodian leaders including Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen paid homage this morning to the late King-Father Samdech Preah Norodom Sihanouk, at his Memorial Statue near the Independence Monument.
Since 07:10 am, 43 ministries/institutions took turn to lay wreaths at the Memorial Statue, on the First-Year Commemoration Day of Samdech Preah Norodom Sihanouk (Preah Borom Ratanak Kaudh).
The official memorial ceremony took place this morning at the Royal Palace.
King-Father Samdech Preah Norodom Sihanouk passed away on Oct. 15, 2012 at 01:20 am (local time in Phnom Penh) in Beijing, China at the age of 90 from natural causes.
The Memorial Statue of Preah Borom Ratanak Kaudh was inaugurated here on Oct. 11, 2013 under the high presidency of His Majesty Norodom Sihamoni, King of Cambodia.
The Memorial Statue, made of copper with 4.5 meters high and its support of 2.7 meters high, is situated in a public park, east of the Monument of Independence. According to the construction committee, the erection of the Royal Statue lasted about eight months and cost over US$1 million.
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, Samdech Techo Hun Sen urged all Cambodian citizens, especially the young leaders, to keep Oct. 15 as the national day to commemorate the King-Father’s sacrifice for the nation.
The Cambodian premier also recalled the last advice of the late King-Father of national reconciliation, unity and solidarity, and reconfirmed to continue to protect the monarchy, throne and King under the national motto of “Nation, Religion, King”.