Today’s Holiday: Zambia Heroes Day

Today’s Holiday:
Zambia Heroes Day

In 1964, Zambia won its freedom from England and became an independent nation. Those who fought in that freedom struggle are honored each year on Heroes Day. The somber day is a public holiday and all Zambians take the day off work. In 1974, then-president Dr. Kenneth Kaunda presented a gift to the nation to honor its heroes: a statue of a man with no shirt or shoes and defiantly raising a chained hand into the air. Erected in the capital city of Lusaka, the one-and-a-half-ton bronze statue has become the rallying point for any holiday, march, or remembrance in which freedom plays a role. More…:

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