During the function, President Mutharika bought the first Poppy flower at K1million as a way of fundraising for the Commonwealth Ex-Service Leagues of Malawi (COLEM).
He said Poppy Day should instill the spirit of patriotism, hard working and integrity.
“This is the time that reminds us the spirit of true patriotism. This is the spirit of putting country first. This is the spirit that we all need to emulate. We must all learn to walk this spirit of patriotism.
“There are many people who put their personal interests first before their country. This encourages us to be selfish.
“That is why this country is full of politics of destruction. That is also why most people are full of jealous to see others prospering.
“We need to change this mindset and learn to serve our country selflessly. Malawi is the only country that we have. This is our only country. Let us love our country.
“As we honour these patriots, I also want us as a nation to remember the importance of celebrating our elders,” said the Malawi leader.
In his speech the President emphasized the need for the war survivors to get the best support from government and all citizens for their improved welfare.
Poppy Day is a Memorial Day when we join the members of Commonwealth in honour of our armed force- members of the Kings African Rifles (KAR) who died on duty during the First and Second world wars which were fought between 1891-1945.