By The Nation
Various state agencies nationwide also held similar merit-making events in tribute to the late monarch, including those under the banner of the Royal Thai Armed Forces (RTAF).
To mark the anniversary of the day His Majesty King Rama IX passed away, RTAF deputy commander-in-chief General Hassapong Yuwanawattanaha presided over a ceremony at the armed forces’ headquarters in Bangkok to give alms to 89 monks and to make merit for the late monarch.
For the Royal Thai Navy, chief-of-staff Adm Luechai Ruddit presided over an alms-giving ritual to 199 monks and a release of 889 birds and 18,889 fish. The navy will also host an event on Friday evening at the Navy Conference Hall's Thassanapirom Plaza, where an exhibition and a concert of songs composed by the late monarch would be held. Then at 7.19pm, a candlelight ceremony would begin followed by the participants' joining in standing still for 89 seconds in memory of the late King.