20 Jun On the 18 of June EUTM Mali carried out a ceremony to honour the memory of fallen soldiers
The ceremony started with the tribute to the fallen comrades Sargento-Ajudante Fernando Benido from the Portuguese Army, killed in a terrorist attack perpetrated at the Campement resort one year ago and the Spanish Infante de Marina Antonio Carrero who died on the 18th of May 2018 during a road march. The Mission Force Commander (MFCdr), General Millan and Manuela Riccio, the Portuguese Affaires Manager from the EU Delegation (EUDEL), deposited a wreath as a tribute to their memory.
The ceremony continued with a speech pronounced by the MFCdr where the general honoured the memory of these who gave their lives in the accomplishment of their duties and praised the personal commitment, sacrifices and hard work of the EUTM Mali members that are going to finish their tour of duty in the oncoming days.
Later on, General Millan awarded ten EUTM Mali “veterans” with the European Union Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) Service Medal for the well-done work in the benefit of Mali, and on the name of the European Union.
Finally the Mali anthem was played followed by the European Union anthem.