Every first Monday of July, Zambia celebrates Heroes’ Day to remember those who fought, and sometimes died, in the struggle for Zambian independence. However, in more recent years, the list of national heroes and heroines has been expanded to include people from all walks of life who have contributed heroically to the nation’s advancement.
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A bronze statue in Lusaka, Zambia’s capital city, visualises the meaning of Heroes’ Day. A man with no shirt and no shoes holds up the two broken ends of a chain of slavery he has ripped apart with his hands. This “chain” was broken in 1964, when Zambia won its independence from the British Empire.
There are sombre, patriotic ceremonies on this day, and there is some patriotic fervour. But many Zambians today forget the reason for the day and see Heroes’ Day as simply a day off from work.