By ZBC Reporters
Patriotic citizens across Matabeleland South province this Tuesday joined the Defence Forces Day celebrations to re-affirm their gratitude to members of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces.
While the main celebrations were held at State House in Harare a small gathering in in Gwanda had an opportunity to follow proceedings virtually.
Also taking part in the celebrations that kicked off around 10 this morning was the provincial joint operations command, Zanu PF political leadership and members of the provincial development committee, among others.
Mashonaland East joined the rest of the country in commemorating Zimbabwe Defence Forces Day with the army being commended for the role it has played in community development.
The defence forces day is traditionally a day to look forward to for many Zimbabweans as it affords citizens a chance to witness drills by the ZDF but the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in the commemorations being held virtually.
Despite the setback people still appreciate the role the army has played in society to uplift the standard of living of Zimbabweans.
In Bulawayo, only senior officials gathered at Khumalo Barracks to commemorate this year’s Defence Forces Day, where proceedings started with the inspection of a quarter guard of honour.
Bulawayo Provincial Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution, Cde Judith Ncube led other dignitaries who included the Commander One Infantry Brigade, Brigadier General Joseph Kutumba in following the virtual address by the Commander in Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
The ZDF has been supporting the Bulawayo community through various programmes that include the COVID-19 vaccination initiative.
Like other provinces, Mashonaland west province held virtual defence forces day commemorations at local hotel in Chinhoyi.
The Minister of state for Mashonaland West Provincial Affairs and Devolution, Honourable Mary Mliswa lauded President Emmerson Mnangagwa for promoting a gender sensitive Defence Force.
She also reiterated earlier commitment to establish dedicated cemeteries for members of the defence forces in the province as part of the province initiative to honour the security services sector.