Heroes' Day preparations in full swing

14 Jul 2015 19:20pm
WINDHOEK, 14 JUL (NAMPA) – Preparations for the commemoration of Heroes’ Day on 26 August 2015 are in full swing and will be held here at the Heroes’ Acre.
Heroes’ Day in Namibia is commemorated every year in an effort to remember the sacrifices and efforts of all those, who fought for freedom and had the self-determination to fight for the country’s independence.
At a preparatory meeting on Tuesday, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Mbeuta Ua-Ndjarakana noted that the day is a reminder of the heroes and heroines, who lost their lives for the freedom and independence of Namibia.
“It is also our 25th Heroes’ Day commemoration. We should honour the heroes and heroines of our struggle. We must remember them on this day of their remembrance.” he noted.
Amongst the many international guests, who will confirm at a later stage, the Cuban Five will attend the event, according to Ua-Ndjarakana.
Ua-Ndjarakana called on parents to bring along their children to witness an occasion that is a reflection of Namibia’s independence.
About the logistics, banners will be displayed at various points in the capital including the Hosea Kutako International Airport (HKIA). Municipal busses will transport the public to the event and pick-up points will be disclosed at later stage.
Ua-Ndjarakana called on shebeen owners and alcohol outlets to obey the law and close for business on that day.
A total of 14 heroes are buried at the national shrine – 13 are Swapo Party members while the latest burial was of Gerson Hitjevi Veii of the South West Africa National Union (Swanu) party. Veii was buried in February this year. The heroes and heroines include: Simon Mzee Kaukungwa, Andrew Intamba, John Pandeni, Mose Tjitendero, Richard Kapelwa Kabajani, Frederick Matongo, Markus Kooper, Peter Tsheehama, John ya Otto Nankudhu, Maxton Joseph Mutongulume and Dimo Hamaambo.