Military music and a symbolic show of humble military might are an annual ritual to celebrate Independence Day in Lebanon.
The 78th independence was attended by President Michel Aoun, the Prime Minister Najib Mikati and Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri.
President Aoun, in a speech on the eve of the celebrations, said this independence worth fighting for.
Lebanon holds the celebration on November 22nd in commemoration of the end of the French Mandate over Lebanon in 1943.
Yet a national patriotism seems for many to have missing pieces, especially with the Israeli occupation of Shebaa Farms and Kfar Shuba Hills in south Lebanon and incessant Israeli violations.
Analysts believe the continuous sanctions and political pressure from several regional and global powers are aimed at targeting the country’s sovereignty.
The military parade was held at the ministry of defense in Mount Lebanon where the leaders paid tribute to the lain soldiers and later held a tripartite meeting at the presidential palace to discuss the latest crises.
Lebanon’s independence celebrations this year comes in light of unprecedented interference in its political affairs. While decisions on issues pertaining to the socio-economic crisis are still missing, many believe asserting the country’s sovereignty is equally pivotal.