On September 8, 2008 Karenni soldiers were celebrating for a ceremony of the 60th anniversary of Karenni Martyr's Day in the Karenni free zone. About 400 of soldier families attended the ceremony and gave respect and prayed for the spirit who gave their blood and lost their life in the fighting. A long the fighting against the SPDC for ages and years, there were over 150 soldiers lost their life and left many of their innocent children and wives. For this memory, women who lost their husbands in the fighting were given by a certificates to symbolize them a congratulation. Karenni army started assistance against the Burmese military's invading Karenni State in 1948.