Minister of Defence and Veterans Affairs, Frans Kapofi, has emphasised the importance of educating the younger generation about Namibia's history.
During his address at the belated Heroes Day commemoration held at Ondangwa in the Oshana Region on Saturday, Kapofi said this knowledge would enable them to connect with, and value, the hard-fought freedom attained.
He stressed that it is crucial for the youth to understand that Namibia's freedom was not obtained effortlessly but through immense hardships and numerous sacrifices made by countless individuals dedicated to the liberation cause.
'Many of the elderly never enjoyed the days of their youth. A lot of people died during the struggle, disrupting many livelihoods and causing significant losses,' Kapofi said.
He further emphasised that those who participated in or supported the liberation struggle did so with the sole purpose of ensuring Namibians could live in a free and peaceful nation. Kapofi urged Namibians to actively participate in preserving and safeguarding the hard-earned freedom.
During the same event, Oshana Governor Elia Irimari encouraged Namibians to honour and celebrate the lives of the remaining heroes and heroines while they are still alive. Irimari said it is their bravery that has allowed the country to savour the benefits of independence today.
Heroes’ Day is commemorated on 26 August to remember and honour the men and women who fought for Namibia’s liberation.
Source: The Namibian Press Agency