Namibians must continue celebrating legacy of heroes and heroines: Geingob

Presidents HageGeingob has called on all Namibians and future generation to continue celebrating the selfless legacy left behind by those men and women who scarified their lives for the political freedom of the country during the liberation struggle.

Geingob was speaking on Monday at the commemoration of the 2019 Heroes' Day at Otjiwarongo in the Otjozondjupa Region.

The Heroes' Day is an annual commemoration of the first liberation struggle battle that took place at the Omugulugwombashe in the Omusati Region on 26 August 1966, when the South African armed soldiers attacked the People's Liberation Army (PLAN) of Namibia at their base.

Today, we take time to remember and honour the sons and daughters of this soil who made immense sacrifices for our freedom, he said.

Geingob explained that the Heroes' Day is more than just a day to remember the gallant heroes and heroines, as this day also inspires new generation of all Namibians to build a more inclusive, united, and a prosperous country.

The President furthermore said that the Heroes' Day commemoration also makes all people in the country to recall the battles at which their brothers and sisters had perished at Hornkranz, Ohamakari, Namutoni, Lishora and the battle that took place at Kamenga.

We also recall those people who lost their lives during the atrocity at the Old Location, the whistling echo of the first salvos fired at Omugulugwombashe, to the crossfires of Oshatotwa, to the cries of our daughters and children at Cassinga, the triumphant battle of CuitoCuanavale and the final massacre of Ondeshifilwa, he said.

He said that the fights during the liberation struggle were all just, and the blood that was shed by the Namibian fighters is the currency that bought the country's freedom today, a debt the new generation will find difficulty to repay.

To all our survivors from the attacks at Cassinga, Oshatotwa, Oshikuku, Oshakati and Ondeshifilwa amongst others we extend our profound appreciation for the price you have paid to deliver a free and Independent Namibia, he said.

Geingob then called on the Namibian people to continue until the end of time to commemorate the Heroes' Day events in honour of those beloved fallen heroes and heroines who died in the name of freedom of the country.

He called on all Namibians to also embrace peace, unity, transparency and accountability.

The President urged the nation to join hands and fight scourges of poverty, corruption hate speeches, ethnicity, tribalism and racism and pursue the goal of prosperity in order to protect the only country Namibians call their home.

Source: Namibia Press Agency