BDF Day Remains Popular

| April 27, 2015

President Lt Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama was among thousands that thronged the National Stadium on Saturday (April 25) to relish yet another edition of the Botswana Defence Force (BDF) Day.

Although the activities of the day have not changed much over the years, the day has remained the most popular in the country’s calendar of events, attracting thousands of enthusiasts across the age and social divide.

The 38th edition of BDF Day attracted many people so much that Radio Botswana announced in its 7am news bulletin that people should watch the event live on Botswana Television because the stadium was already full to capacity.

However, it seemed not everyone received the message as some returned at the gates while others had to watch from alternative positions. As usual, there were incidents of lost children and they were asked to remain on the pitch until their families found them.

The day’s activities kicked off with President Khama inspecting a guard of honour followed by the main parade that started with a slow march and ended with a quick march off the pitch.

The dog display was amongst the favourites, especially amongst the boys. The dogs have been trained to march, follow instructions and to sniff for weapons and drugs. Members of the public were also entertained by the BDF band and some spectators could not help but dance along.

The ground forces won the obstacles challenge followed by the air wing. A mock battle, although not as noisy as before, was the most entertaining event, signaling the peak of the day’s activities.

Several people said they never missed the BDF Day, with others saying they came from as far as Ramotswa and Kanye just to see the military men display their skills.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

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