People start arriving at Heroes’ Acre national monument for commemoration of 49th Heroes’ Day

HEROES’ ACRE: People started arriving at the Heroes’ Acre national monument for the commemoration of the 49th Heroes’ Day and interment of the remains of veterans of the liberation struggle.

The public started arriving as early as from 05h30 for the program, which was set to start at 09h00 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, 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 started off with the arrival of President Hage Geingob and his Zambian counterpart Lungu.

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

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

The Rite of committal 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.