Zim braces for 'historic' Heroes Day

Tuesday 6th August, 2013 on Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation

Heroes Acre Harare 07 08 11.jpg As preparations for the Heroes holiday gather momentum, a cross section of society says this year’s commemorations are special as they come at a time the nation has buttressed their defence of the national sovereignty by voting for the revolutionary party that brought independence. ZBC News spoke to a cross section of society which said this year’s commemorations signify the values of the struggle as they re-assert the reason why the sons and daughters of the soil sacrificed their lives.It is said ‘wisdom comes with grey hair,’ and this was evident in the elderly who have seen history being made.They said the year 2013 reminds them of 1980.Others said this year’s celebrations are critical as they come after a resounding victory by the party that waged the liberation struggle.Meanwhile, the National Heroes Acre resident curator, Ms Rumbidzai Bvira said preparations for the national commemorations are at an advanced stage with final touches being made to the national shrine’s main arena.“We are now painting the murals, rehearsals are starting this Wednesday. So everything is on course and we are expecting the biggest crowd to date,” she said.Zimbabweans will commemorate Heroes Day on Monday the 12th of August.The following day, the nation will commemorate the Defence Forces Day.In preparation for the day, members of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) are undertaking various community development projects across the country.ZDF Director of Public Relations, Colonel Overson Mugwisi said this year focus is on building schools across the country and providing health services to communities.He said the main project will be at Nyakasikana Primary School in Beatrice, where four classroom blocks were built by the Zimbabwe National Army.Colonel Mugwisi said there are several projects which are being carried out this year and the ZDF has built classroom blocks for at least one school in all the country’s 10 provinces.

Demining activities are also being undertaken from Sango border post to Crooks Corner as part of the community service.The ZDF are carrying out a one week long community service assistance ahead of the commemorations of the Defence Forces Day. The initiative has seen various marginalised communities benefiting from programmes such as the provisions of free medical services by doctors and staff from the ZDF.

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