tomb of the unknown soldier and coat of arms.jpgThe Head of State and Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, President Robert Mugabe on Monday unveiled two memorable additions to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the National Heroes’ Acre and on the Coat of Arms.

 

 

 

The proceedings started with an inspection of a ¼ Guard by President Mugabe, followed by the sounding of the national anthem and a fly past in diamond formation by the Air Force of Zimbabwe.

 

Thereafter, Cde Mugabe proceeded to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier where he unveiled an epitaph which is inscribed below the Statue of the Unknown Soldier, itself a reminder of the many sons and daughters of the soil who paid the supreme sacrifice but whose remains lie in unknown places in and outside Zimbabwe.

 

The epitaph reads “Our eyes are on you, our brothers and sisters, the fallen heroes of Zimbabwe. We bleed for you, yet we must not grieve, for in you is our rebirth and you are all that we shall ever be.”

 

In another breathtaking moment, Cde Mugabe also unveiled the country’s Court of Arms and flag that have been added to the shrine’s symbols and decorations, adding the full national character and flavor to the shrine.

 

In a clear demonstration of the unity and inclusivity of the three political parties as well as gender advancement, Cde Kembo Mohadi who normally leads the proceedings, stepped aside for his co-Home Affairs Minister, Mrs. Theresa Makone to take charge of the proceedings.

 

Tribute was paid in the form of poetry to some illustrious sons and daughters of Africa whose countries acted as rear bases for the struggle and in some cases the countries also had to the supreme sacrifice of the blood of their own sons and daughters.

 

A primary student from Buhera, Fadzai Guwanyika, gave a special presentation of her Chimurenga CD to Cde Mugabe.

 

Then it was time for the laying of wreaths on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier by the dignitaries led by the President, followed by the two Vice Presidents, the Prime Minister and his two deputies.

 

Before touring some of the graves, Cde Mugabe unveiled the newly established Roll of Honour on the eastern and the western wings of the national shrine.

 

38 names representing the 38 heroes and heroines buried on that side are inscribed on the eastern side, while 47 others are buried on the western side.

 

It was a celebration with a difference as Zimbabweans commemorated national Heroes’ Day at the national shrine in the capital.

 

Zimbabweans took time off to remember and honour those who lost their lives for the attainment of independence and national sovereignty.

 

Thousands from various a groups and different political affiliations united in the name of the country’s gallant sons and daughters to salute them for sacrificing their lives so that Zimbabwe may come into existence with its own national anthem and national flag.