Feb 13 - Daughter of General Aung San, Myanmar's independence hero, celebrates her father's legacy by designating his birthday Children's Day. Jessica Gray reports.
Aung San Suu Kyi celebrates her father's legacy with Myanmar's next generation. Monday marked the 97th birthday of her father, General Aung San, also the country's independence hero and the man who helped create the Union of Burma. He was assassinated in 1947, before then-Burma was given autonomy by the British. Suu Kyi's pro-democracy party designated his birthday as Children's Day to help kids remember the country's heroes. (SOUNDBITE)(Burmese) NATIONAL LEAGUE FOR DEMOCRACY LEADER, AUNG SAN SUU KYI "'Martyr' originally means coming from noble lineage. It simply means being born of good parents, considered noble. But I would like to say that a real martyr means a person who belongs to a good circle and has a good mindset." The general, known as "Bogyoke" to the people, often gave long, passionate speeches about uniting Burma's many ethnic communities. Some chose to mark the occasion by visiting his statue in the capital. SOUNDBITE)(Burmese) PRIVATE SCHOOL TEACHER MYINT SOE WIN "Bogyoke inspired the people to love their country while they were suffering under colonial rule. And today we are an independent country and we can raise our children to love their country, like Bogyoke." Many see his daughter's political battle to bring democracy to Myanmar as a continuation of his legacy. Jessica Gray, Reuters