National Heroes’ Day that falls on Feb.1 every year is celebrated in memory of those who sacrificed their lives in order to restore peace and security to their homeland. This day marks the beginning of the struggle to liberate Rwanda.
Kagame joined by senior government officials and members of diplomatic corps on Monday laid a wreath at the Heroes Mausoleum in Remera, Rwanda capital Kigali, before families of the heroes buried there did the same.
The Dean of the Diplomatic Corps accredited to Rwanda, Uganda’s High Commissioner Richard Kabonero also paid tribute to the Heroes on behalf the diplomatic corps.
Speaking to reporters on Monday, Rwanda minister of sports and culture, Julienne Uwacu called on Rwandans to uphold the same values that national heroes promoted.
“Rwanda’s pride is derived from the acts of heroes and heroines who sacrificed their lives for a good cause. We should continue building our country for future generation,” she noted.
Celebrated heroes are classified into three categories; Imanzi, Imena and Ingenzi.
Imanzi which refers to supreme heroes with outstanding achievements and unparalleled sacrifice, Imena are remembered for the sacrifice for their country while Ingenzi are recognized for their exemplary actions.
According to the Chancellery for Heroes, National Orders and Decorations of Honors (CHENO), names of about 200 new nominees is under scrutiny to be added on the list of National heroes. Enditem