President Julius Nyerere lead his country in celebrating Heroes Day on friday (1 September). Services?
President Julius Nyerere lead his country in celebrating Heroes Day on friday (1 September). Services all over Tanzania were held to pay tribute to the men and women who gave their lives in the struggle for independence.
SYNOPSIS: The ceremony was held at the Uhuru -- Independence -- monument in Dar es Salaam. President Nyerere was joined by Prime Minister Sokoine, political leaders and diplomatic representatives and thousands of Tanzanians for the colourful ceremony.
The President had spent the previous day attending the funeral of President Kenyatta in Nairobi but had returned to honour his own people who gave their lives during and after the struggle for independence.
This is the tenth year Heroes Day has been commemorated. The ceremony itself is marked by the laying of weapons at the foot of the Uhuru monument. President Nyerere began by laying a shield and spear.
Next came the soviet Ambassador, who as dean of the diplomatic corps, laid a wreath at the foot of the monument.
The Regional Chairman of the Revolutionary Party of Tanzania laid a bow and arrow at the foot of the monument. Similar ceremonies took place at monuments throughout the country on the day that, before independence, Tanzanians had celebrated Remembrance Day.