Heroes' lives were not in vain - Geingob

26 August 2019 | Government

President Hage Geingob has paid glowing homage to fallen heroes and heroines, saying their heroic battles and sacrifices will continue to inspire Namibians “as we build a more inclusive, united and prosperous Namibia”. Geingob was speaking during the Heroes Day commemoration at Otjiwarongo this morning. “It is true to say that our fighters did not die in vain, because the independence of Namibia and the subsequent peace, stability and unity we enjoy, was a prize worth dying for,” he said. “From the whistling echo of the first salvos fired at Omugulu-gwoMbashe, to the crossfires at Oshatotwa, to the cries of our daughters and children at Cassinga, the triumphant battle of Cuito Cuanavale and the final massacre at Ondeshifilwa. Our fight was just, our resolve unwavering and the price paid, high. The blood of our fighters, is the currency that bought our freedom. We should never forget. No one understands the level of sacrifice, the pain, the blood sweat and tears as much as our Veterans of the Liberation Struggle. On this occasion, as we commemorate 53 years after Omugulu-gwoMbashe battle, we salute those who were prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice; a debt we can never repay.” The head of state further urged Namibians to join hands and fight social evils and poverty towards a goal of shared prosperity. “On this Heroes Day, let us commit to hold hands and work together, to bring about economic transformation in Namibia. This is not only a day to commemorate the selfless acts of sacrifice, it is also a day for us to reaffirm our patriotism to foster a true sense of pride and duty towards our nation.”
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