Ofwono Opondo, the Government Spokesperson, says 650 people will receive medals during this year’s 35th Heroes Day celebrations.
The celebrations will be held under the theme ”Concertising the gains of our Heroes is a duty for every Ugandan”.
The medals will be in recognition of numerous individuals who sacrificed their lives for the liberation struggle, which brought President Museveni’s NRA into Power.
Hon. Frank K. Tumwebaze, the Minister of Information, ICT & Communications, says the event is salted for Thursday this week, June 9.
It marks thirty-five years since a resistance supporter, Eddidian Babumba Mukiibi Luttamaguzi was brutally murdered by the fascist second UPC regime, and from his sacrifice we use the day of his death to pay tribute to some of our forbearers.
Therefore, this year’s Heroes Day will take place at Ssi T/C, Ssi sub county, Buikwe District, on the shores of Lake Victoria.
The Chief Guest will be H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni who will be accompanied by many local and foreign guests.
Since the National Honours and Awards law was enacted in 2001, over 18,000 medals of various categories have been awarded, some to foreign Heads of State.
“From the theme, it means every Ugandan by their contributions however modest is expected to know and take as their duty and obligation to build Uganda through hard and honest works so as to pay vigil and eternal tribute to our heroes and champions, and ourselves to strive to be role models to future generations,” Tumwebaze said.
Buikwe was chosen to host this year’s festivities because of its historical contribution to the liberation struggle especially hosting another liberation movement (UFM) that was led by the late Lutakome Kayiira.