142 members of the Armed Forces of Malta were given recognition for their long and efficient service in the army.
In a ceremony which took place in the AFM barracks, Minister for Security, Home Affairs and Reform Byron Camilleri, along with Chief Commander Clinton J O’Neill, issued medals to members and ex-members of the army who served 18, 25 or 30 years.
During his speech, Minister Byron Camilleri said that the medals are only symbolic representations which cannot fully capture the sacrifice they made for the AFM.
‘The government is recognising the hard work, sacrifice and dedication of the armed forces members’ said the Minister.
He mentioned a €15 million yearly investment made over 5 years so that the members of the corp could benefit from advancements and support. He also made reference to how, just over 10 years ago, the members were forgotten when it came to investment and even in salaries.
On his part, J O’Neill said that this is not a collective honour but one that each member has worked for, with all of them becoming better persons as they underwent their service.