WINDHOEK, Aug. 26 (Xinhua) -- Namibian President Hage Geingob on Thursday called on his country folk to remain a resilient people in the midst of a challenging COVID-19 pandemic when they celebrate the country's Heroes' Day.
"Not only is this day significant in the context of the struggle for Namibian independence but it also represents a pivotal moment in the struggle for the liberation of the entire southern African region," he said.
Geingob said the country will honor fallen heroes during the liberation struggle and all modern day heroes, including those who have held the frontline in the war against COVID-19.
"I speak of our courageous health care workers, law enforcement agencies, and public officials, who since the onset of the coronavirus, have risked their lives daily on the frontlines of this deadly pandemic. Namibia salutes your patriotism, commitment, and sacrifice," he said.
Heroes' Day is a national public holiday in Namibia. It is recognized by the United Nations as Namibia Day. Celebrated annually on 26 August, the day commemorates the Namibian war of independence which began on Aug. 26, 1966. Enditem