Photographer's Note

Today, in Namibia, it is a public holiday – Heroes’ Day. Recognised by the United Nations as Namibia Day and celebrated annually on 26 August, the day commemorates the Namibian War of Independence which began on 26 August 1966 at Omugulugwombashe.

Celebrations take place annually at different locations, usually in the north of Namibia near important battle zones. Hundreds of people gather to watch leaders such as Hifikepunye Pohamba, Sam Nujoma and Nahas Angula officially commemorate veterans of the People's Liberation Army of Namibia (PLAN), SWAPO's military wing during the War.

Heroes' Acre, a war memorial on the outskirts of Windhoek, was opened on this day in 2002.
It is another controversial Namibian project, built by North Korea's Mansudae Overseas Projects at a cost of N$250 million; the memorial site is falling into disrepair and costs about N$ 50000 per annum to maintain. Famous for the Unknown Soldier statue, the Heroes Acre was built with the purpose of honouring Namibia’s anti-colonial and liberation struggle heroes
At the centre of the complex stands a 15 metre high marble obelisk carrying the 8 metre high bronze statue of a heavily armed soldier representing the "Unknown Soldier", but strongly resembling Sam Nujoma himself. The wording on the front of the plinth reads 'Glory to the fallen Heroes and Heroines of the motherland Namibia! Sam Nujoma 26th August 2002'.

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