Speaking on the occasion Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn said the Defense Force has become a pride not only for Ethiopia but also for all Africans.
Hailemariam said the Ethiopian defense force has accomplished its mission here and abroad successfully and won international recognition.
He said the Day helps the public to know better about the status and activities being undertaken by the defense force.
Defense Minister Siraj Fegesa on his part said the defense force is contributing to the development endeavors of the country alongside with safeguarding the country's territorial integrity.
Chief of Staff, General Samora Yenus, General Samora Yenus on his part said the defense force is contributing share in the efforts of the country to reduce poverty.
The Day was designated on 14 February to commemorate the official establishment of the Federal Defense Force on same day in 1996.
The decision to celebrate the Day was made last year before the death of the late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi.
The Day has been celebrated for the last seven consecutive days with various assortments.