Heroes Day in Namibia in 2024

Heroes Day in Namibia in 2024
The Heroes' Acre is an official war memorial of the Republic of Namibia Image by Raymond June , via Flickr
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  Dates of Heroes Day in Namibia
2025 Namibia Tue, Aug 26 National Holiday
2024 Namibia Mon, Aug 26 National Holiday
2023 Namibia Sat, Aug 26 National Holiday
2022 Namibia Fri, Aug 26 National Holiday
2021 Namibia Thu, Aug 26 National Holiday

Commemorates the Namibian War of Independence which began on 26 August 1966

When is Namibian Heroes' Day?

Heroes Day is a national public holiday in Namibia observed on August 26th. It is recognized by the United Nations as Namibia Day.

The day commemorates those who lost their lives in the Namibian War of Independence, which began on this day in 1966.

History of Namibian Heroes' Day

A former German colony, Namibia was governed by the white-led South African government from the 1920s.

From the start of the 1960s, there had been growing external and internal pressure for South Africa to give up control of the region, which it called South West Africa.

The pressure exploded into warfare on August 26th 1966, at Omugulugwombashe, when liberation fighters first engaged with South African government forces. This signalled the start of the South African Border War, also known as the Namibian War of Independence.

Over 11,000 Namibians would lose their lives in this struggle for independence which lasted for over 23 years until March 1990, when South West Africa received formal independence as the Republic of Namibia.

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