Hundreds of people arrived at Heroes Acre

HEROES ACRE: People have started packing the Heroes Acre national monument for the commemoration of the 49th Heroes Day and internment of the human remains of three veterans of the liberation struggle.

The public has started arriving as early as from 5h30 for the program which will start at 9h00 with the arrival of President Hage Geingob and his Zambian counterpart Edgar Lungu.

Namibia Central Intelligence Service Director Phillemon Malima, Minister of Home Affairs Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana former Speaker of the National Assembly Theo Ben Gurirab Minister of Mines and Energy Obed Kandjoze, Katrina Hanse-Himarwa, Minister of Basic Education and Culture and Deputy Prime Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah and Deputy Minister of Public Enterprises Ludwine Shapwa are among the first dignitaries who have already arrived.

The program will start off with arrival of Geingob and arrival of President Hage Geingob and his Zambian counterpart Lungu who will grace the ceremony with his presence.

After the keynote address by the Namibian Head of State, there will be a conferment of medals and messages from families the three heroes whose remains will be reburied today will follow afterwards.

After that the caskets proceed to the burial site and the lowering of the coffins which will run concurrently with the 17 Gun salute.

The Rite of communal and benediction will be done immediately by Chief Chaplain Nangula Kathindi, which will be followed by the laying of wreath starting with representatives of the families, Geingob and Lungu among others.

The program is expected to be concluded around 12h00.