Minister Abednico Ncube laying wreaths on the grave of his wife, Tracey

Zimbabweans from across the country converged at various centre for the Heroes Day commemorations in memory of the gallant sons and daughters of the land who sacrificed their lives to liberate the country.

While the main event was at the national shrine in Harare and officiated by the President elect, Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa, the mood was the same in most parts of the country.

In Mashonaland East Province, thousands of people converged at the provincial heroes acre in Marondera.

Mashonaland East Minister of State, Dr David Musabayana read the presidential speech, revealing that there are plans to turn the provincial shrine into a tourist attraction as part of the provincial branding exercise which will include putting tombstones on all the graves and establishing a museum.

In Mashonaland West Province, the event was presided over by the Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, Ziyambi Ziyambi in Chinhiyi.

Among the thousands who turned up to honour the departed heroes and heroines was Nothando Nyathi, whose mother, father and an uncle are interred at the Mashonaland West provincial heroes acre.

Darlinton Chareka, an early childhood development (ECD) pupil sang out an inspirational poem in honour of the departed gallant sons and daughters of the soil.

In Masvingo province, it was a day of reflections for the families of those buried at the provincial heroes acre who gathered to commemorate heroes day.

Masvingo Minister of State for Provincial Affairs, Cde Josiah Hungwe officiated at the proceedings.

Family members of some of the heroes and heroines buried at the Masvingo provincial shrine said the day brings back sad memories of losing their loved ones.

In the same province, other people thronged Chitsanga grounds in Chiredzi to commemorate the day.

Despite their differences, the people of Chiredzi from all the four constituencies for the first time came together to celebrate and pay tribute to the heroes and heroines of the liberation struggle for sacrificing their lives to liberate the country.

Chiredzi District Administrator, Mr Lovemore Chisema presided over the event.

Elsewhere, the Midlands Province was bustling with jubilant people from across the province who gathered at the provincial shrine in Gweru.

The colourful event which started mid morning was punctuated by song and dance with six year old, Tino from Mkoba stealing the lime light with his dance moves, moving side to side while swinging his waist.

Not to be out done was Zanu PF youth member, Namatai affectionately known in her party circles as Zimasset, who took to the dance floor to show her killer dance moves.

Later, 11-year old Ngoni Muzondiwa through his poetry reminded the gathering of the selfless sacrifice and gallantry of those who participated in the liberation struggle.

MSU Emeritus Professor Ngwabi Bhebhe said Heroes Day must be celebrated by all regardless of party affiliation as those who liberated the country fought for everyone to be free.

War veterans underlined the importance of peace and unity in the country, before Midlands Provincial Affairs Minister Owen Ncube delivered the president’s speech.

Still in the province, the other event was held in Zvishavane.

In Matabeleland South and North provinces, the commemorations were held in Gwanda and Lupane respectively.

“Our independence did not come on a silver plate ,thousands of men and women paid the ultimate price for this freedom that we enjoy today as such let us defend it to the end,” said Cde Abednico Ncube, the Minister of State for Matabeleland South.

Family members and surviving spouses of the provincial heroes and heroines also had an opportunity to lay wreaths and flowers at the graves of their loved ones.

Minister Ncube also laid wreaths on the grave of his wife, Tracey, who died in 2011.