President Lungu Remembers World War Heroes

President Lungu Remembers World War Heroes.

PRESIDENT Lungu yesterday led diplomats accredited to Zambia, war veterans and Government officials in laying wreaths at the national cenotaph in Lusaka to commemorate Remembrance Day.

This was in honour of men and women who died during the First World War ( 1914- 1918) and Second World War from 1939- 1945.

President Lungu arrived at the cenotaph after 10: 00 hours and was welcomed by Vice- President Inonge Wina.

Others in attendance were Speaker of the National Assembly Patrick Matibini, Chief Justice Irene Mambilima and Minister of Defence Davies Chama.

At around 10: 45 hours President Lungu laid a wreath ahead of diplomats, service chiefs, ex servicemen and freedom fighters.

The solemn but colourful ceremony included the reading of Bible passages and music from the Zambia Army brass band.

The Zambia Army also gave the fallen heroes a gun salute at the event witnessed by several members of the public.

And earlier in a homily, Zambia Air Force director of chaplaincy Eugene Nyambe said the event is an important platform to remember the gallant uniformed men and women who perished in the first and second world wars.

Rev Nyambe said in remembering the fallen heroes, there is need to have a resolve that atrocities committed during the wars must never be repeated in the current generation and those to come.

“ Never again should we let the world sink into negativity of bloodbath,” Rev Nyambe said.

Zambia Army chaplaincy- general Vincent Mwenya, who was the director of ceremonies, wished President Lungu a belated 60th birthday.

“ May the grace of the Lord overflow over you as you lead the nation,” he said.

Shortly after the ceremony at around 11: 29 hours, President Lungu greeted the invited guests and interacted with former freedom fighters.

Patriotic Front ( PF) deputy secretary- general Mumbi Phiri and Minister of Higher Education Nkandu Luo were also in attendance.

Several Lusaka residents also converged on the cenotaph to witness the event.

And JIMMY CHIBUYE reports from Choma that Southern Province permanent secretary Sibanze Simuchoba yesterday led provincial service chiefs and heads of government departments in laying wreaths at the regional cenotaph in commemoration of Remembrance Day.

Remembrance Day is a memorial day observed in Commonwealth member states since the end of the First World War to remember the members of their armed forces who died in the line of duty.

Mr Simuchoba said in an interview after laying a wreath that Zambia observes the day because some of her people participated and lost lives during the two wars.

“ Zambia is a member of the Commonwealth countries which observe the end of the first and second world wars. Our people participated in the wars and it is, therefore, important to commemorate this day. At personal level, I have a grandfather who is still alive but senile who participated in the Second World War in Mogadishu,” he said.