High-ranking officers and the best graduates of military learning facilities were honored today at the Palace of Independence. Among the awardees were the military, border guards, reconnoiters, law-enforcement and rescue officers. The Presidential address was an important encouragement for those who conquered a new professional summit. A.Lukashenko underlined, that the officers' professionalism, high moral values and intention to selflessly protect their land is a token for peaceful and creative life of the Belarusian state. The most experienced officers got generals' ranks. The Head of state wished them to bear the shoulder boards with credit and the other officers to strive for these heights.