Today, June 9, 2015, Uganda celebrates national Heroes Day in remembrance of those who sacrificed their lives for the current peaceful and modern nation.
The celebrations are being held at Dwaniro sub-county, Kiboga district under the theme; “Our Heroes: Building Blocks for a Better Uganda.
According to government spokesperson, Ofwono Opondo, guests have started arriving at the venue.
Those already at the venue include; Deputy Chief Justice, Steven Kavuma, Prime Minister, Ruhakana Rugunda, Kintu Musoke and many other ministers.
The event will be presided over by President Yoweri Museveni, also Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces.
The President will unveil a monument in memory of those who died in the Luwero struggle will be held at Dwaniro Sub county headquarters.
Museveni is also expected to lay wreaths at monument in honour of fallen heroes, according to Lindah Nabusayi, the deputy presidential press secretary.
Dwanilo was selected to host this year’s Heroes Day simply because it was the epicenter of the 1981-1986 liberation struggle that ushered in the NRM government.
Also today, 1,011 people will receive medals including 673 civilian activists who participated in ‘the political development’ of Uganda either through armed struggle or civil disobedience.
About 39 police officers will also be awarded for distinguished service, gallantry, personal sacrifice, meritorious and special service medals, according to Opondo.
Opondo, also Executive Director, Uganda Media Centre, will also receive a medal of honour.
Gen. Elly Tumwine, the national chairman of the Presidential Awards Committee, will avail the medals in categories of; Nalubale (673), Golden Jubilee (1663) and Luwero Triangle (133).
The police officers will receive under the following categories; Exemplary Order Class one (5), Exemplary Order class two (5), Distinguished Service Order (8), Gallantry medal (6) Personal sacrifice (5), Meritorious (5) Special Service and (5) Centenary Medal (10).