Zimbabweans today celebrated Heroes Day at various venues across the country while the main commemorations were held at the National Heroes Acre in Harare.
In Chipinge, more than a thousand people thronged Chipinge District Heroes Acre to commemorate Heroes Day that were also graced by government officials from Mozambique led by Mossuirizze Assistant District Administrator Vasco Marceta together with FRELIMO senior party officials.
While giving a solidarity message Mr Marceta said the strong liberation war bond between Zimbabwe and Mozambique continue to be evident with joint Heroes Day commemorations being one of the positive indicators among other areas of cooperation.
He said it is interesting to note that the Heroes Day commemorations are being held on the backdrop of positive developments in Mozambique with his country at the blink of achieving peace following the start of negations between FRELIMO and the RENAMO rebels.
In Domboshava, villagers were already preparing breakfast as early as 7am while chickens were being delivered to Domboshava showgrounds where commemorations for this year’s Heroes Day were held.
The community had their breakfast together, united by the history of the country’s liberation struggle.
Domboshava as the closest rural area to the capital city witnessed brutal attacks during the liberation struggle. It is against this background that the villagers continue to remember this important day by coming together as they share some of their experiences during the liberation struggle.
The community visited the Domboshava District Heroes Acres where chiefs and senior government officials also paid their tribute to the fallen heroes.
In Mashonaland Central, hundreds thronged Bindura Provincial Heroes Acre for the Heroes Day celebrations.
Proceedings to commemorate the day started around 13:40 hours with the arrival of service chiefs followed by the Minister of State for Mashonaland Central Adv Martin Dinha.
In Bulawayo province, multitudes of people today gathered at Nkulumane Heroes Acre for the commemorations of the Heroes Day.
811 heroes are buried there and of this number 33 are women.
Proceedings were led by the Minister of State Cde Eunice Sandi Moyo who read the President’s speech.
In Mashonaland Wes, the main Heroes Day commemorations were held at the provincial heroes’ shrine in Chinhoyi.
A total of 59 heroes and heroines are buried at the Mashonaland West Heroes Acre.
The first hero to be buried at the shrine, Cde Aaron Dzomba Nyamupfurira was interred in 1991 while the most recent one Colonel Temba Mabhena was buried in July this year.
Proceedings to commemorate the Heroes’ Day celebrations in Manicaland province started upon the arrival of the Minister of State Cde Mandi Chimene and service chiefs who immediately inspected a quarter guard.
In interviews families of the departed heroes and heroine appreciated the immeasurable contributions made by the fallen and living heroes.
273 heroes and heroines have been laid to rest at the Manicaland provincial shrine.
In Matabeleland South, thousands of people today thronged the Gwanda Provincial Heroes Acre to commemorate the 37th anniversary of Heroes Day amid glowing tributes to illustrious cadres who sacrificed themselves to liberate the country from colonial bondage.
Official proceedings kicked off following the arrival of the Minister of State for provincial affairs Cde Abednico Ncube who inspected a quarter guard before reading the president’s speech.
Cde Ncube then led delegates to lay wreaths at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
29 heroes and heroines are buried at the provincial heroes’ acre.
Minister Ncube, who also laid a wreath on the grave of his wife Tracey, expressed deep sadness at the death of Cde Shuvai Mahofa, who was the Minister of State for Masvingo province.
“She is one of the many women who contributed immensely to the liberation struggle and development of the country after independence,” said Cde Ncube.
In Mashonaland East, the Heroes Day commemorations were attended by people from all walks of life and different ages groups with some families of the deceased bringing grandchildren of the heroes to also witness the event.
Retired Brigadier General Ambrose Mutinhiri read the presidential speech.
Family members of the heroes and heroines said this day is special to them as it reminds them of where they came from but reiterated their call for the government to put tombstones on the graves of their loved ones.
Some of the heroes buried at Paradise Park Cemetery include former Mashonaland East Governor and Minister of Education Cde Edmund Garwe.
Masvingo province joined the rest of the country in commemorating Heroes Day on sad note following death of Minister of Sate, Cde Shuvai Mahofa.
Politburo member Cde Josiah Hungwe presided over the celebrations.
Before delivering the President’s speech, Cde Hungwe officially announced to those gathered at the shrine, the news of Cde Mahofa’s death after which a moment of silence was held.
Heroes Day is commemorated countrywide on the 2nd Monday of every August.
Elsewhere, Matabeleland North province has joined the rest of the country in celebrating the 37th Heroes Day commemorations.
Proceedings in Lupane kicked off with the arrival of the Minister of State Ambassador Cain Mathema at 11.30am.
This year`s commemorations were attended by the heads of government departments from all the seven districts of the province, the Zanu PF provincial leadership, organisations operating in the province and the local
Midlands Heroes Day commemorations were held in Gweru and the proceedings started shortly after 11am with the arrival of the Midlands Minister of State Cde Jason Machaya who was accompanied by Commander Five Brigade Colonel George Chitsva.
Speaking to ZBC News, Cde Machaya said the nation should cherish the supreme sacrifices made by those who liberated the country and carry their hopes and aspirations for this country forward and leave a better legacy for future generations.
Cde Machaya also handed over hampers with an assortment of groceries to families and relatives of those buried at the shrine courtesy of River Valley Properties CEO Mrs Simeli Dube who also donated bouquet of flowers and a lunch voucher to 188 families that have relatives interred at the midlands provincial shrine.