Limited number of only vaccinated people to attend Heroes, Defence Forces celebrations

By ZBC Reporter

The 2021 Heroes and Defence Forces Day commemorations are set to be hybrid events with small gatherings of 200 people, while the rest of Zimbabweans will follow proceedings on national television and radio stations.

With the Coronavirus still a huge threat, government has announced COVID-19 sensitive programme for the Heroes and Defence Forces commemorations set for next week.

According to a cabinet briefing by the Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Senator Monica Mutsvangwa there will be small gatherings at State House in Harare, with the rest of the nation following proceedings on virtual platforms.

There will be small gatherings this year to mark the Heroes Day commemorations. The 2021 main Heroes Day commemorations which will be held on 9 August at the National Heroes Acre will be a hybrid event with a small gathering of 200 people depicting the national outlook, such as War Veterans, Spouses of Heroes and Heroines and the Youth. His Excellency the President will address the nation using virtual platforms. In addition, the President will confer medals on 16 recipients in various categories of Honours and Awards,she explained.

Heroes Day Commemorations will also be held at all the provincial shrines where Ministers of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution will officiate. Gatherings at the Provincial Heroes Acres will be limited to fifty persons drawn from the respective districts in the province.

The Ministers of State will also confer medals on nominees of the 2021 Honours and Awards.

The celebrations will be attended by fully vaccinated persons, while attendees will undergo COVID-19 testing.