National Heroes' Day in Uganda in 2025

National Heroes' Day in Uganda in 2025
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National Heroes' Day
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2025 Uganda Mon, Jun 9 National Holiday
2024 Uganda Sun, Jun 9 National Holiday
2023 Uganda Fri, Jun 9 National Holiday
2022 Uganda Thu, Jun 9 National Holiday
2021 Uganda Wed, Jun 9 National Holiday

Honours those who have given their lives to improve the lives of people of Uganda

When is National Heroes' Day?

National Heroes' Day is a public holiday in the Republic of Uganda observed on June 9th.

The day commemorates those who lost their lives in the Ugandan Bush War (1981 - 1986).

History of National Heroes' Day

Following the overthrow of Idi Amin in 1979, Milton Obote was elected President of Uganda.

The opposition party believed the election was rigged and this led to Yoweri Museveni forming the National Resistance Army (NRA).

On June 9th 1981, at the start of the Ugandan Bush War, Edidian Mukiibi Luttamaguzi was killed by the Uganda National Liberation Army for refusing to reveal the hiding place of Museveni and the soldiers of the NRA.

If Luttamaguzi had not made the ultimate sacrifice to protect the soldiers, the ensuing guerrilla war that brought the National Resistance Movement to power in 1985 could have ended in defeat.

The war ended with victory for the NRA on January 25th 1986, with Yoweri Museveni becoming President in 1986, a position he holds to this day.

In 2001, an act was passed in the Parliament of Uganda which recognised the June 9th as Heroes' Day in remembrance of those who contributed to the liberation struggle that ushered in the National Resistance Movement government on January 26th 1986.

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