PREPARATIONS for the commemoration of Heroes’ Day on 26 August are currently underway and will this year take place in the Paresis Stadium in Otjiwarongo.
After 29 years of Independence, Heroes’ Day is commemorated to foster national pride and to stress the importance of togetherness in Namibia.
According to a statement issued by the Executive Director of the Ministry of Information, and Communication Technology, Mbeuta Ua-Ndjarakana, The Otjozondjupa Region was selected as the host for this year’s event that will take place on 26 August 2019.
On August the 26th 1966 the first shots were fired in Namibia’s War for Independence at the battle of Omugulugwombashe in Namibia’s central Northern region. The war lasted for 23 years and Heroes’ Day is celebrated every year to never forget the sacrifices and efforts of all the proud Namibians who fought for freedom and self-determination.
Namibia’s Heroes’ Day is a time for all Namibians to reflect on how far the country has come since attaining its Independence from South Africa in 1990. Rather than focussing on the lives lost needlessly during the Struggle commemoration of the day focus on the positive aspects of its post-independence reality.
Last year Heroes’ Day was commemorated at Nkurenkuru in the Kavango West Region.
Ua-Ndjarakana in his statement urged members of the public to attend the commemoration of Heroes’ Day in large numbers.
As the preparations are still at an early stage, pick-up points for the public, who would need to travel to attend the commemoration of Heroes’ Day, will be made public at a later stage.