Omuthiya preparing for Heroes Day

Niël Terblanché

The Heroes’ Day commemoration preparatory committee met on Monday to discuss and plan for this year’s event, which will take place in Omuthiya.

The committee, under the leadership of Oshikoto Regional Governor Penda Ya Ndakolo, is focused on organising a memorable event to honour Namibia’s heroes and heroines.

Heroes Day, celebrated annually on 26 August, is a national holiday in Namibia that commemorates the country’s struggle for independence and honours those who sacrificed their lives for freedom.

The day marks the start of the armed struggle against the South African occupation in 1966 when members of the South West African People’s Organisation (SWAPO) engaged in battle at Omugulugwombashe.

The commemoration serves as a reminder of the courage and resilience of Namibians who fought for the country’s sovereignty.

During the meeting, Oshikoto governor Penda Ya Ndakolo revealed that the regional authority received directives from President Nangolo Mbumba to host this year’s Heroes Day in the region.

“Heroes Day is a significant occasion that honours the sacrifices of our forebears. I urge everyone to come together in Omuthiya to pay tribute to our national heroes,” Ndakolo said.

The chairperson of the Oshikoto Regional Council, Samuel Shivute, shared this sentiment, calling on committee members to commit fully to the preparations.

He stressed the importance of dedication and collaboration in ensuring the event’s success.

“Our dedication and teamwork are crucial to making this year’s commemoration a dignified and memorable event,” Shivute stated.

Christella Mwenyo, the chief regional officer, advised committee members to consult closely with the national committee to align local preparations with national expectations.

“It is essential that our plans are in sync with the national committee’s guidelines to ensure a coherent and well-organised commemoration,” Mwenyo said.

Last year, the 33rd Heroes Day commemoration, which was initially scheduled to be held in Omuthiya, was moved to Windhoek to accommodate a state visit by the President of the Republic of Cuba, Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudes.

With no such scheduling conflicts this year, the event returns to Omuthiya, a town with its own historical significance in Namibia’s struggle for independence.

The day is typically marked by various activities, including official ceremonies, military parades, and cultural events.

It is also a time for reflection and education, with schools and communities across the country participating in discussions about Namibia’s history and the values of freedom and justice.

Heroes’ Day celebrations serve as a reminder of the country’s journey and the need to continue building a strong and prosperous Namibia for future generations.

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