NDF members prepare for Heroes’ Day commemoration

Members of the Namibian Defence Force (NDF) at Otjiwarongo on Tuesday started with their drilling activities in preparations of the Heroes' Day commemoration set to take place at the town next-week Monday.

Deputy Commander of the 4TH Artillery Regiment Brigade at Otjiwarongo, Colonel AlweendoNamukwambi in an interview with Nampa on Tuesday at the Paresis Sports Stadium said the parade formation includes the NDF members from the Army, Navy, and Airforce.

Three NDF fighter jets also forms part of this drilling today, Namukwambi said.

He, however, did not mention a total number of the soldiers forming the parade's drilling activities expected to last until Sunday.

Namukwambi only explained that the drilling also shows the military supremes of the NDF and a confirmation to the nation that the military is prepared to defend the territorial integrity of the country.

Summarily, we are here to rehearse and perfect our drilling skills in preparations for the Heroes Day commemoration that will take place at this place next week Monday, he said.

The three NDF fighter jets were also seen flying from the north, south, east and western directions of Otjiwarongo passing through the Paresis Sports Stadium on Tuesday morning, while the soldiers on the ground kept marching on the grass at the sports field.

The Namibian and African Union (AU) flags have been also hoisted on several street lights in the DrHageGeingob and Dr Libertine Amathila avenues at the town marking the beginning of the commemoration.

Heroes' Day is a national event that remembers 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 a military base of the People Liberation Army of Namibia (PLAN) which was a military wing of the Swapo-Party.

Source: Namibia Press Agency