Hundreds of people arrived at Heroes Acre

26 Aug 2015 08:50am
HEROES ACRE, 26 AUG (NAMPA) – People have started packing the Heroes Acre national monument for the commemoration of the 49th Heroes Day and internment of the human remains of three veterans of the liberation struggle.
The public started arriving as early as from 05:30 for the programme, which will start at 9:00 with the arrival of President Hage Geingob and his Zambian counterpart Edgar Lungu.
Namibia Central Intelligence Service Director Phillemon Malima, Minister of Home Affairs Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana, former Speaker of the National Assembly Theo Ben Gurirab, Minister of Mines and Energy Obed Kandjoze, Katrina Hanse-Himarwa, Minister of Basic Education and Culture, Deputy Prime Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah and Deputy Minister of Public Enterprises Ludwine Shapwa are among the first dignitaries who have already arrived.
The programme will start off with the arrival of President Hage Geingob and his Zambian counterpart Lungu, who will grace the ceremony with their presence.
After the keynote address by the Namibian Head of State, there will be a conferment of medals and messages from families of the three heroes whose remains will be reburied today.
After that, the caskets will proceed to the burial site and the lowering of the coffins will run concurrently with a 17 Gun salute.
The Rite of committal and benediction will be done immediately by Chief Chaplain Nangula Kathindi, which will be followed by the laying of wreath starting with representatives of the families, Geingob and Lungu among others.
The programme is expected to be concluded around 12:00.