His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah sponsored an official ceremony at Bayan Palace on Tuesday 29 February 2008 for hoisting the National Flag marking advent of the 47th National Day and the 17th Liberation Day and the second anniversary of His Highness accession to power.
The ceremony was attended by HH the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, the acting speaker of the National Assembly Mohammad Al-Bsairi, sheikhs, Deputy Chief of the National Guards Sheikh Meshaal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Minister of Amiri Diwan Affairs Sheikh Nasser Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, ministers, advisors, senior state officials, senior commanders of the army, the police and the national guards.
His Highness' motorcade arrived at the site of the ceremony at 10:30 p.m., where he was welcomed by elite military personnel, special forces of the police and the national guards.
Later, the National Anthem was played, then His Highness hoisted the flag of the state, and watered a rose in homage to the soul of the "Amir of hearts" -- the late Amir Sheikh Jaber Al-Sabah. HH the Crown Prince did so too.
HH the Amir received children of the martyrs, and later on, the attending officials including HH the Crown Prince .
Later , H H the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah addressed a host of high-achieving students and creative individuals from the military, schools at different educational levels, institutes for people with special needs, social care hostels, members of the Kuwaiti Science Club, and those who earned patents and were honored for their innovations by international academic and scientific bodies.
This was in presence of Acting Parliament Speaker Dr. Mohammad Al-Busairi, Deputy Chief of the National Guard Sheikh Meshaal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, and Minister of Amiri Diwan Affairs Sheikh Nasser Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah.
A host of ministers, advisors, and senior state officials were also present.