Zimbabweans to celebrate heroes, defense forces days
Zimbabweans will celebrate their heroes and defense forces on Aug. 14 and 15 when thousands of people gather at the National Heroes Acre and the National Sports Stadium to hear speeches from President Robert Mugabe, among other activities.
Heroes Day will be commemorated on Monday, followed by Defense Forces Day on Tuesday, with the two days traditionally falling on the second Monday and Tuesday of August.
Scores of people, mainly those who participated in the struggle of the country's independence from Britain in 1980, are buried at the national shrine while a few others who were accorded national hero status have been buried elsewhere.
Mugabe will lay wreaths on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and on the graves of family members, his first wife Sally Hayfron Mugabe and his sister Sabina while families of other heroes buried there will also lay wreaths on the graves of their loved ones.
Activities will shift to the nearby sports stadium on Tuesday where the army, air force, police and correctional services will celebrate their day with various activities including mounting of static military hardware, a military parade and parachute jumps.
During the week preceding the celebrations, the Zimbabwe Defense Forces have been carrying out various community projects around the country.