“Beyond our borders, in the various theaters where you participate in peace operations, you have continued to serve, with trademark steadfastness and professionalism, saving lives and contributing to peace and stability where they lack the most. This is why many of you are not able to be with your loved ones during this festive season. Your noble sacrifice does not go unnoticed.”
This is the part of the end of the year message of President of the Republic of Rwanda, Paul Kagame to Rwanda Defence Force(RDF).
Officers, men and women of the Rwanda Defence Force
On behalf of the Government of Rwanda, my family, and on my own behalf, I wish you and your families a Merry Christmas and a successful New Year 2018.
As we conclude the year 2017, we have a timely opportunity for introspection as well as forward thinking on the core purpose, context and significance of your service to our Nation, as men and women in uniform under the flag of Rwanda.
Throughout the year, at home and abroad, you have continued to serve with relentless commitment, and distinction to protect Rwanda and its people.
Here at home, your fellow citizens and residents have continued to enjoy the peace, safety and stability that enabled the socio-economic progress the country has continued to record amidst challenging circumstances at the regional and global levels.
Officers, Men and Women – While we cannot always predict the future, the people of Rwanda can be assured of one fact; the same values and convictions that have enabled us overcome countless challenges, strengthened by the experience, skills, knowledge and assets we have continued to acquire over time, will ensure that we overcome any threats we may be confronted with, and that our Nation always emerges safer and stronger.
Only then can you continue to deserve, the Nation’s trust and respect you have earned over the years. God bless you all and God bless our Nation.