By Josephine Mugiyo, Diplomatic Correspondent
AS the country marks the 42nd Heroes Day commemorations, members of the diplomatic corps have pledged their support in the country’s pursuit for economic growth, with families of heroes and heroines interred at the national shrine noting the need to safeguard the gains of that freedom.
It was indeed a day to cherish as the nation reflected on sacrifices made by known and unknown sons and daughters of the soil for the attainment of Zimbabwe’s independence.
Others remain unknown up to now, but their contributions continue to be remembered as reflected by the placing of wreaths at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier by President Emmerson Mnangagwa, Vice President General (Retired) Dr Constantino Chiwenga and Vice President and second secretary of ZANU PF, Cde Kembo Mohadi.
President Mnangagwa also laid wreaths below the rolls of honour.
This year’s commemorations, as has become the tradition, were attended by among other dignitaries, members of the diplomatic corps.
United Nations Resident Coordinator in Zimbabwe, His Excellency Edward Kallon said the United Nations remains committed to support Zimbabwe’s efforts to ensure the gains of independence lead to economic development.
“On behalf of the United Nations, I commend the people of Zimbabwe for the commemorations. We remain committed to supporting the national efforts of Zimbabwe to translate the gains of independence to peace and economic progress,” he said.
Nigerian Ambassador to Zimbabwe, His Excellency Zachariah Ifu said as a nation they stand with Zimbabwe as it marks this important day on the calendar.
“I wish the people of Zimbabwe a very happy Heroes Day. It is a memorable day for them I join them to rejoice and congratulate them for this wonderful struggle,” he said.
Emotional scenes marked the laying of wreaths by family members of the numerous heroes and heroines interred at the national shrine.
Their message to the people of Zimbabwe is for them to remain firm and continue working towards rebuilding the economy.
Through pursuing economic empowerment and land to the people, Zimbabwe has made strides to ensure the contributions of its heroes and heroines were not in vain.