… Past and present come together on Heroes’ Day
By Hilary Mare
HEROES’ Day, celebrated on 26 August, provides an opportunity for us to reflect on the sacrifices made by many, who gave up their lives or suffered greatly during the struggle for independence.
It is also a day on which we can celebrate the achievements of ordinary Namibians, who through their work and dedication are contributing on a daily basis to the building of the Namibian House.
During the liberation struggle, there were many gallant men and women, who fought for Namibia’s freedom, and also today, there are many unsung heroes and heroines, who continue to strive for excellence in everything they do.
It is therefore appropriate at this time, while looking back at the past, to praise those who are making significant contributions to our nation in the present.
The resoluteness of our national heroes, whether they are politicians, business personalities or ordinary workers, as well as other members of civil society, need to be celebrated. So too should Namibia’s anti-apartheid struggle history be remembered, along with the country’s journey to self-rule and other unique achievements, which drew the road map for national development. As we celebrate the lives, work and achievements of Namibians, Confidente recommits to building on the remarkable legacy of the past, by showcasing heroes and heroines that have impacted various fields.
We strongly believe that Heroes’ Day celebrations should not fail to raise public awareness and discourse on those who are making their contributions to a better life for all.
These are the current day heroes and heroines, who are building on the legacy of the past.
They are fixing what is wrong, and celebrating what is right.
Namibia faces many challenges, which are well-documented, but Heroes’ Day is about raising awareness that there are many unsung heroes among us.
In these special focus pages, you will meet some of them.
It must also be remembered that without mentors and positive role models to guide their social and spiritual development, the current generation of children will become rudderless and unfocused.
They need to have people to look up to. They need to emulate those who are building families, businesses and organisations in our society.
Confidente believes that there is a hero and heroine inside all of us, who can make a difference in the transformation of Namibia. Heroism should become an occupation in which we must all engage, whether it is in our homes, schools, churches, workplaces and communities.
Our national heroes have left a legacy behind during the anti-apartheid and colonial eras. We too must leave behind a legacy for Namibia, on which future generations can build.
Our ancestors faced many challenges along their journey, but they did not despair.
The journey continues today, and we encourage all Namibians to believe in themselves and use their God-given talents to build a better nation.
Confidente. Lifting the Lid. Copyright © 2015