At the October 14 Memorial Day ceremony observing the 46th year since the tragedy in 1973, the general public and relatives of the victims attended religious ceremonies to commemorate all the lives lost in the tragedy. Delegates from many organizations also laid wreaths in memory of those lost.
Held at the October 14 Memorial in Bangkok, a multi-faith religious service representing Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam took place to commemorate the political tragedy of October 14 1973, when students and the people came out to demand democracy during the dictatorship of Gen Thanom Kittikachorn, leading to violent suppression resulting in many injuries and deaths.
A representative of the Prime Minister delivered a speech praising the heroism of those who lost their lives, which even after 46 years is still one of the most important political incidents in Thai history, reflecting the power of students and the people who regard democratic values as essential to advancing Thai society, in keeping with international communities. The incident gave birth to public participation in politics, which remains the important foundation on which Democracy is built.
At the ceremony, relatives of October 14 victims asked all sides in society to help promote democracy in Thailand.