26 Aug 2016 16:20pm
WALVIS BAY, 26 AUG (NAMPA) Namibians should take time to reflect on the sacrifices of heroes which led to them living in a country founded on the principles of effective governance, respect for the rule of law, human life, dignity, and unity.
These remarks were made by President Hage Geingob during the Heroes Day commemoration at the Kuisebmond Stadium in Walvis Bay on Friday.
It is one thing to honour our heroes and heroines with statues, monuments, songs and well-articulated tributes. However, if we truly want to honour the memory of our valiant sons and daughters, then the best way to do that is to preserve and build upon the principles they fought for, he stated.
Geingob said the nine principles of heroism are integrity, duty, self-respect, faith, altruism, compassion, listening and forgiveness.
Through their strong moral principles to fight for freedom and justice, they displayed their integrity; their moral obligation displayed their duty and by conducting themselves with honour and dignity; they displayed self-respect, he said, whilst illustrating how heroes and heroines applied the nine principles during the struggle against colonial oppression and apartheid brutality.
He added that these heroes and heroines confidence in achieving victory, even when it seemed unattainable, displayed faith, while their love and loyalty for their peers and country displayed devotion and their selfless concern for the well-being of their fellow Namibians.
Geingob further said Namibian heroes further displayed altruism; whilst their pity and concern for the suffering of other Namibians displayed compassion; and finally, having achieved victory, the heroes of the struggle did not choose the path of retribution, but instead listened to the voice of peace and showed forgiveness in adopting the principle of reconciliation.
Let us therefore not be bored by peace and stability for which we are the envy of many nations. Many chose to fight for peace because they grew weary of war, hatred, division and mistrust, he said.
Heroes Day commemorates the battle of Omugulugwombashe on 26 August 1966, when South African soldiers attacked Peoples Liberation Army of Namibia (PLAN) fighters, marking the start of Namibias liberation struggle.
This years commemoration was attended by liberation struggle icons such as Andimba Toivo ya Toivo and Ben Amathila; current and former Members of Parliament; representatives of the diplomatic corps and opposition parties; cabinet ministers; Chief Justice Peter Shivute; local and regional councillors and members of the public.
The event was attended by over 13 000 people.