The 12 young Thai soccer players and their coach who grabbed global attention last year when they were trapped in a flooded cave for more than two weeks marked the anniversary of their ordeal with a religious ceremony.
The boys who became known as the Wild Boars, the name of their soccer club, took part in a Buddhist ceremony in which they gave food to monks to make merit. They then attended a news conference to talk about their lives over the past year.
Chanin Vibulrungruang, 12, the youngest of the group, said he now has tell his parents where he's going every time he leaves his house.
"I already told my mom I was coming to this event," Chanin joked. "My life has changed a lot since then because many people recognise me now."
The boys and their coach entered the Tham Luang cave complex in far northern Thailand after soccer practice last June 23, leaving their bicycles and soccer cleats outside the entrance. Rising floodwater quickly trapped them inside, and when they didn't return home a massive search was launched.
The boys spent nine nights lost in the cave, living on very little food and water, before they were found spotted deep in the twisting cave complex huddled on a patch of dirt above the rising water line. It was a moment captured on video and soon broadcast to the world.
It would be another eight days - until July 10 - before they were all safe. A team of expert divers guided each of the boys out of the cave on special stretchers. The operation required placing oxygen canisters along the path where the divers manoeuvreed dark, tight and twisting passageways filled with muddy water and strong currents.
The drama of the ordeal kept the world watching and the boys have since become celebrities.
"I want to say thank you to everyone who took part in saving all of our lives," Ekapol Chantawong, the 26-year-old coach who led the boys into the cave, told reporters. "We promise that we'll be good role models to society, and we also love everyone."
Ekapol said most of the boys -now aged 12-17 - still dream of becoming professional soccer players, while some want to become Navy SEALs like those who took part in their search and rescue.
Monday's news conference was the second of two days of events held to mark the anniversary. On Sunday, several of the boys, their coach and a number of the local and foreign divers took part in a bike ride and run to raise money to improve conditions at the cave.
Australian Associated Press