NDF members prepare for Heroes’ Day commemoration

20 Aug 2019 17:10pm
OTJIWARONGO, 20 AUG (NAMPA) - Members of the Namibian Defence Force (NDF) at Otjiwarongo on Tuesday have started with their drilling activities in preparation of the Heroes’ Day commemoration set to take place at the town next week Monday.
Deputy Commander of the 4TH Artillery Regiment Brigade at Otjiwarongo, Colonel Alweendo Namukwambi in an interview with Nampa on Tuesday at the Paresis Sports Stadium, where the event will take place said the parade formation includes the NDF members from the Army, Navy, and Airforce.
“Three NDF fighter jets also form part of this drilling today,” Namukwambi said.
He, however, did not mention in total the number of soldiers who form part of the parade's drilling preparations, expected to last until Sunday but noted that the drilling confirms to the nation that the military is prepared to defend the territorial integrity of the country.
“Summarily, we are here to rehearse and perfect our drilling skills in preparations for the Heroes Day commemoration that will take place at this place next week Monday,” he said.
The three NDF fighter jets were seen flying from the north, south, east and western directions of Otjiwarongo passing through the Paresis Sports Stadium on Tuesday morning, while the soldiers on the ground kept marching on the grass at the sports field.
The Namibian and African Union (AU) flags have been also hoisted on several street lights in the Dr Hage Geingob and Dr Libertine Amathila avenues at the town marking the beginning of the commemoration.
Heroes’ Day is a national event that remembers the first liberation struggle battle that took place at the Omugulugwombashe in the Omusati Region on 26 August 1966, when the South African armed soldiers attacked a military base of the People Liberation Army of Namibia, which was a military wing of the Swapo Party.