Defense volunteers honored with parade in Sattahip

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The Royal Thai Navy honored Thailand’s national defense volunteers with a parade in Sattahip.

Adm. Polwat Sirodom presided over a parade of more than 400 coastal volunteers at the Naval Rating School in Bang Saray to celebrate the 186th anniversary of the volunteer corps.

Vice Adm. Rungsak Saeesawat, director of Coastal Thai National Defense Volunteer Corps, said the volunteer force was founded in 1827 when a group of central Thailand citizens recovered gold and treasures belonging to the governor of Korat from forces led by the rival governor of Wienjan.

National defense volunteers march in a parade in Sattahip to commemorate Thailand National Defense Volunteer Day.National defense volunteers march in a parade in Sattahip to commemorate Thailand National Defense Volunteer Day.

The volunteers held off the forces until the army could arrive and HM the King Rama III honored the Korat governor’s wife for leading the charge.

Since her attack, March 4 has been known as Thailand National Defense Volunteer Day.

The parade commemorated the sacrifices of volunteers past and present and encouraged the forces to continue to work against drugs and for the national good.