Namibians ready to mark Heroes' Day

25 Aug 2013 10:40
OUTAPI, 25 AUG (NAMPA) – Preparations for the commemoration of Heroes’ Day at Omugulugwombashe have been finalised, the Governor of Omusati Region Sophia Shaningwa told Nampa on Sunday.
She indicated that the preparations are done and all Namibians are expected to come for the commemoration.
“Now organisers are only putting up the final touches, such as mounting of the tents, putting up chairs, wetting the road to avoid dust tomorrow, among others,” Shaningwa indicated, while calling on all Namibians to come in big numbers to witness the commemoration event.
Heroes’ Day, an annual national holiday marked with a grand ceremony in a different region of the country on 26 August each year, will be commemorated on Monday at Omugulugwombashe in the Omusati Region.
Last year’s Heroes’ Day activities took place at Omuthiya in the Oshikoto Region.
Senegalese president Macky Sall is in the country for a week-long state visit and will grace this year’s commemoration.
The commemoration was preceded by a workshop titled 'Ohungi' on Sunday, where President Hifikepunye Pohamba, Founding President Sam Nujoma, veteran politician Andimba Toivo ya Toivo, Professor Mburumba Kerina and many others were to share their experiences on the founding of Swapo liberation movement, and the struggle for national liberation.
Shaningwa called on all Namibian youths to attend the ‘Ohungi’ to get first-hand information on what transpired during the long and bitter liberation struggle.
The amended constitution of the Swapo Party will also be launched on the morning of 26 August at Omugulugwombashe, and a statue of Founding President Nujoma will be unveiled during the same occasion.
The official programme of the 2013 Heroes’ Day commemoration will commence immediately after the official launch of the amended constitution.
As per tradition, Pohamba is expected to deliver the keynote address during the event, which is recognised by the United Nations (UN) as ‘Namibia Day’.
This day was designated as such because it was on 26 August 1966 when colonial South African troops attacked the Swapo military base at Omugulugwombashe, forcing pioneer Plan (People’s Liberation Army of Namibia) fighters to fight to repel the attack.
Heroes’ Day commemorations are also a time when national honours are bestowed on some deserving Namibians.
According to the programme, the gates will be opened as from 06h00, while the arrival of the dignitaries starts from 07h00.
The official programme will start with the laying of wreaths in memory of the fallen heroes.