ONGWEDIVA, Aug. 27 – Over a thousand people gathered at Oshakati Independence Stadium yesterday, to pay tribute to fallen heroes and heroines of the liberation struggle.
It started with a parade, March Past and March off with Fly Pass. The March passed with military equipment on display through the parade consisting of a Brigade review parade that was headed by Parade Commander Colonel, Ambrosious Kwedhi.
The parade consists battalions from the Namibian Army, Air Force, Navy and Namibian Special Forces. It was later followed by an Air craft display by the Air Force.
Amongs the invited guests was former President Hifikepunye Pohamba, and Founding Father Sam Nujoma.
The event was also attended by Members of Parliament, Cabinet Ministers and representatives of the diplomatic corps, opposition parties, the Namibian Defence Forces and Namibian Police Forces.
Commemoration of Heroes Day is a celebration of bravery and the fearless acts of freedom fighters to achieve a noble end, which was freedom and independence.
President Hage Geingob said that in the life of every human being, there is a time to submit and there is a time to fight.
Geingob said the first shots signifying the start of the armed struggle were fired on August 26 in 1966, after John Ya Otto Nankudhu and his men were attacked at Omugulugwombashe by racist South African forces.
“The day is celebrated as Hero’s day in recognition of all our heroes and heroines throughout our history,” said Geingob. – Maria Abraham