Bangkok, 07 September, 2018 – Thailand’s Government Public Relations Department (PRD) has reported that the Thai government hosted a reception to thank all Thais and foreigners for their help and sacrifice throughout the 18-day rescue mission that brought 12 boys of Mu Pa Academy youth football team and their coach out of Tham Luang Cave in Chiang Rai.
Held under the theme “United as One”, the reception took place on 6 September, 2018, from 18.00-21.00 Hrs. at the Royal Plaza in Bangkok.
His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun graciously granted the use of the Royal Plaza as the venue for the reception. His Majesty also sponsored the provision of Thai and international food including traditional Thai desserts, while the Government provided other popular Thai dishes and beverages.
The PRD quoted Thai Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha as saying that His Majesty King Rama X and members of the royal family had been concerned about the cave incident and closely followed up on the rescue operation. His Majesty also gave moral support to all the rescuers and provided royal assistances of all forms, which contributed to the success of the mission.
Prime Minister Prayut also honoured the heroic and courageous act of the late Lieutenant Commander Saman Gunan, who sacrificed his life for the team, saying that he would be remembered forever.
According to the PRD, members of Mu Pa Academy youth football team took the stage to express their profound gratitude toward His Majesty King Rama X and all Thai and foreign rescuers. In return, they are committed to living their lives as decent humans, being good children to their parents, and good students to teachers.
Prime Minister Prayut and his spouse greeted participants in the reception and departed after joining them in singing Auld Lang Syne and the Royal Anthem. About 7,000 people attended the “thank-you” reception, reported the PRD.