50 000 people expected for Heroes' Day

07 Aug 2013 10:20
WINDHOEK, 07 AUG (NAMPA) – Government is expecting about 50 000 people to attend this year's Heroes’ Day commemoration at the Omugulugwombashe National Heritage Site in the Omusati Region on 26 August.
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Minister Joel Kaapanda said in a media statement on Tuesday that the event will be crowned with presentations of medals of honour to deserving heroes and heroines of the “Land of the Brave”.
He said Heroes’ Day is a unifying national event, which Namibians across the political spectrum are expected to attend in order to pay homage to the heroes and heroines who sacrificed their precious lives during the war of liberation.
“Heroes’ Day is part of the national calendar of events aimed at reminding Namibians not to forget the people ‘whose blood waters our freedom’ for the enormous sacrifices they made towards the country’s freedom and independence,” he stated.
Kaapanda said a statue of former president Dr Sam Nujoma will also be unveiled during the event.
Nujoma was the Commander-in-Chief of the People’s Liberation Army of Namibia (PLAN), Founding President of the Namibian Republic, and was in 2005 accorded the official title of Father of the Namibian Nation.
“The statue will be unveiled as an honour and recognition by Namibians for the priceless role he played in leading the struggle to its logical conclusion,” the Minister noted.
According to Kaapanda, many heroes and heroines died resisting and fighting against foreign occupation, oppression and repression, while others were maimed by the racist apartheid, colonial army machinery.
“Some of the heroes and heroines are still with us today to commemorate 26 August, the significant point in Namibia’s liberation struggle when Swapo decided to take up arms to liberate our country through the barrel of the gun,” he added.
Government thus wishes to invite the nation to commemorate the 2013 Heroes’ Day with the people of the Omusati Region, while those who will not be able to travel are encouraged to plan events marking the 2013 Heroes’ Day in their regions.