THOUSANDS of people thronged the Manicaland Provincial Heroes’ Acre in Mutare on Monday to commemorate the sacrifices made by fallen heroes to liberate this country.
Those in attendance were left speechless after an unusual light whirlwind swept through the area as war veterans sang liberation songs that captivated even those lying in the graves.
Minister of State for Manicaland Provincial Affairs, Cde Chris Mushohwe, read President Mugabe’s speech which was well received by those in attendance.
Zanu-PF Women’s League choir entertained people as well as acts by school children and war veterans.
Cde Mushohwe together with provincial service chiefs and Zanu-PF Manicaland chairman, Ambassador John Mvundura, visited each grave at the shrine and consoled family members of the fallen heroes.
Some families conducted rituals at graves of their beloved ones with drum beats and traditional dances highlighting proceedings.
Those interviewed during the celebrations said it was important for Zimbabweans to honour war heroes who liberated the country from the shackles of colonialism.
They said it was important for parents and guardians to bring children to such celebrations as this will keep the tradition of honouring our heroes alive.
Although some buses ferried people up the mountain to the shrine, residents of nearby locations such as Dangamvura, Hobhouse, Sakubva and Chikanga walked long distances to grace the celebrations.
On Tuesday, thousands from all walks of life filled Sakubva Stadium to capacity to commemorate this year’s Defence Forces Day.
The entertainment filled day left the crowd clamouring for more with scintillating performances from groups like Zimbabwe Prison and Correctional Services’ Ecos Dance Group and Mansa as well as Sakubva and Dangamvura Zanu-PF women’s choirs, Aqua Gymnastics Group, Chinyauhera Traditional Dance Group and Dhumatasangana Traditional Dance Group.
Cde Mushohwe read President Mugabe’s speech, while Manicaland Provincial Administrator, Mr Fungai Mbetsa acknowledged the donations received from companies like Nyaradzo Funeral Services, Passion Funeral Services, Pungwe Breweries, Tekuteku, ZPCS, Agribank, Dods Bakery, Mega Market and Mbada Diamonds.
The companies donated groceries and money.