Angola National Heroes Day

Angola National Heroes Day

September 17
National Heroes Day in Angola is celebrated on the birthday of the man considered to be the nation's founder, Antonio Agostinho Neto. Born in 1922 in the Bengo province and educated as a doctor, Neto was a powerful force in Angolan history, as well as one of the country's foremost poets. He led the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (PMLA) in the fight for Angola's independence from Portugal. Neto continued to lead that group through years of civil war that raged in Angola after Portugal withdrew and various nationalist groups struggled for power. He also served as Angola's first president, holding office from 1975 until his death in 1979.
National Heroes Day honors Neto, his ideals for his country, and his accomplishments, as well as those who lost their lives in the struggle for Angolan independence. In addition to ceremonies and speeches, special sports events are often held on this day, including competitions in basketball, cycling, football, chess, swimming, volleyball, and other athletics.
CONTACTS:
Angolan Embassy
2100-2108 16th St. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20009
202-785-1156; fax: 202-822-9049
www.angola.org