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Monday, September 28, 2020

President Lungu leads Zambia in remembering fallen heroes, heroines

Headlines President Lungu leads Zambia in remembering fallen heroes, heroines

President Edgar Lungu, Commander- in- Chief of the Armed Forces with ZAF Commander Gen Eric Chimese at ZAF base during the Commissioning of and Wing Parade of Course 43and 44 on Friday pictures by Eddie Mwanaleza
FILE: President Edgar Lungu, Commander- in- Chief of the Armed Forces with ZAF Commander Gen Eric Chimese at ZAF base during the Commissioning of and Wing Parade of Course 43and 44 on Friday pictures by Eddie Mwanaleza

President Edgar Lungu today led Service Chiefs and foreign diplomats in laying wreaths at the Cenotaph in Lusaka in remembrance of the fallen heroes and heroines of the first and second world wars’.

ZANIS reports that President Lungu who arrived at the Cenotaph around 10:50 hours in the morning was received by Vice President Inonge Wina and Speaker of the National Assembly Patrick Matibini.

Others present were Cabinet Ministers and senior government and PF’s Central Committee and other party.

The Head of State then proceeded to lay wreaths followed by service chiefs, ex- service men’s league and members of the diplomatic corps.

The Cenotaph is a war memorial structure erected for peace parade following the end of the First and Second World Wars and Zambia being a member of the British colony and now commonwealth observes this day.

And Memorable Order Tins Hats (MOTH) member Jackson Bwalya stressed the importance of remembering the world war heroes and heroines due to the roles they played in the wars.

Corporal Bwalya said the atrocities of the first and second world wars must never be repeated in the current and future generations.

Corporal Bwalya, who was flanked by two of his friends Justone Khosa and Joseph Simwinga, stated that remembering the world war heroes is about learning from the past.

The trio ex-servicemen commended President Lungu and the Zambian people for maintaining peace.

And delivering his sermon and quoting from Isaiah 68; 6-10, Zambia National Service Chaplain Colonel Henry Matifeyo challenged Zambians to make the country a better place to live in.

“Each one of us has got a duty to make Zambia a better place to live in. Global peace and upholding security is a must,” he said.

The Colonel Matifeyo said global peace and security is paramount in today’s life.


    • So sad to see these great former senior citizens and ex service men on parade without badges of service and military ribbons but only with a useless poppy pin! These former service men fought in foreign theatres some in East Africa others in East Asian countries such as Burma- they served the British Empire with honour and distinction but the British govt today continue to ignore the important role these men played! So sad, if the British High Commissioner is reading this please do more to help these few surviving ex service men that fought for King George- if you can’t even give them a pension at least provide them badges and ribbons of service – these are the ornaments of a soldier!

    • 2020 I’m not even being rude, but the British whom you are asking for medals, no matter how brave, courageous and noble our fathers fought for them in their Pan European tribal war for global dominance, the British will never see us is a part of them let alone award us with military decorations and honours.

    • He should not have been in that uniform. This day is for men in uniform who ideally should display their battalion regalia as they match past. All those who are not soldiers past or present remain in civilian clothes including the president. But well this is the PF and Lungu for you. All rules have been thrown to the wind.

  1. Lazy Lungu has no shame donning that uniform when its public knowledge that he deserted the Armed Forces…why can’t you just wear a suit!!

  2. I think the best way to remember a military personnel is to try to put
    yourself in their shoes, bullets frying around them, their family, girlfriend, boyfriend, school, a degree, favorite food, and favorite music… fill second your gone.

    So that people you don’t even know can have the freedom of doing things you only fought off.

    Please don’t use the bravery of these men and women to gain anything.

  3. People should take a deeper look inside these ceremonies.

    Fact is that peaciful Zambians and many other innocent nations worldwide were dragged into European tribal conflicts that Europeans called “World war”.

    If Europe is the smallest of the world’s continent and it’s population not even one tenth of the world, how then do it’s territorial squabbles qualify to be called “World Wars”???

    Like Wole Soyinka wrote: “until the learns to write and tells his side of the story, every tale of the hunt will always glorify the hunter.”

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