George Maponga in Masvingo
Hundreds of people from all walks of life today converged at the Masvingo Provincial Heroes Acre to commemorate Heroes Day with calls mounting for the young generation to emulate the sacrifices of those who paid the ultimate price for the country’s freedom.
Festivities were also held across the province with hundreds of people converging at district shrines for heroes to mark the important day.
Proceedings started in the morning with war veterans accompanied by drum majorettes marching to the provincial shrine where the crowd was taken down memory lane with liberation war songs by the former freedom fighters.
Masvingo Provincial Affairs and Devolution minister Ezra Chadzamira led senior Government officials, who joined service chiefs led by Commander 4 Infantry Brigade Brigadier General Ephias Mahachi, to the celebrations at the provincial shrine.
Minister Chadzamira then read the Presidential Speech before leading service chiefs in the laying of wreaths at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Before that, the crowd had been treated to entertainment by various musical groups including traditional dance troupes.
Minister Chadzamira thereafter joined families of the over 50 heroes and heroines at the shrine who paid homage to their dear departed by laying wreaths at their graves.