The military parade dedicated to the Homeland Defender's Day was held at the training ground of the Otar military base in the Zhanbyl region. Nearly 3,000 military personnel took part in the parade with 300 units of weapons and military equipment and 40 aircraft involved. The parade was hosted by the Commander-in-Chief of Kazakh Armed Forces, President Nursultan Nazarbayev. In his speech, the Head of State said that by 2020, the necessary amount of funds from the country’s GDP will be allocated for defense purposes. A highly mobile Special Operations Forces and Territorial Defense Forces were created in order to effectively respond to new threats and security challenges. They were given battle banners at the event.

NURSULTAN NAZARBAYEV, PRESIDENT OF KAZAKHSTAN, COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF OF KAZAKH ARMED FORCES:

- The Battle Flag symbolizes loyalty to the Homeland, courage and heroism. The sacred flag has always led the brave and worthy warriors to victory. There is a saying by Bauyrzhan Momyshuly, which goes “The heroic environment is formed by education.” Military traditions play a special role in promoting patriotism among our population. Every soldier, as a defender of the Homeland, should feel responsible for the country. Not only young men, but young women also served with dignity in the Armed Forces of Kazakhstan. Today’s holiday is for everyone. 

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