Zimbabwe Heroes' Day

Zimbabwe Heroes' Day

August 9
To honor those members of the armed forces who gave their lives to defend Zimbabwe, the nation holds an annual day of remembrance for them on August 9.
Celebrations are held at the National Heroes Acre, where fallen heroes are buried, in the capital city of Harare. Families of the dead lay wreaths on the graves. The country's president visits each grave and speaks with the families. Nearby, special stands are installed to seat spectators. Young people march from the center of the city to the site, singing revolutionary songs as they march. A variety of musical groups perform, including church choirs and war veterans' choirs, and schoolchildren recite poems about revolutionary struggle. Dance groups perform traditional itshomani and injukwa dances.
Similar ceremonies are held throughout the country. In the city of Masvingo, celebrations are held at the Masvingo Provincial Heroes Acre. Drum majorettes, boy soldiers, and war veterans march from the suburb of Pangolin to the memorial site. The president's speech is read to the crowd, and music and dance programs are presented.
CONTACTS:
Embassy of Zimbabwe
1608 New Hampshire Ave. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20009
202-332-7100; fax: 202-483-9326
www.zimbabwe-embassy.us
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