On the occasion of Heroes Day in Uganda, our team decided to engage with the public through social media to find out who they consider to be their heroes. The responses poured in, and it was heartening to see that the majority of Ugandans recognized their own family members as their true heroes.
Serena Ceciliah expressed her admiration for her mother, who became the pillar of strength for their family after their father’s passing in 1993. She symbolized resilience and unwavering support during challenging times.
Mumbejja Lyka paid tribute to her late grandmother, acknowledging her as a hero even though she couldn’t read or see the message. This heartfelt sentiment demonstrates the profound impact her grandmother had on her life.
Kaweesa Peters couldn’t recall the doctor’s name, but that didn’t diminish the admiration and gratitude he felt towards the doctor from Lubaga Hospital. This unnamed medical professional had evidently left an indelible mark on Kaweesa’s life.
Mettaldinho Ki Osman took a unique perspective, considering himself a hero through the grace of God. This self-empowerment reflects a personal journey of triumph and growth.
Kalule Jeremiah attributed his educational achievements to his mother, who made great sacrifices to ensure he received an education. Her dedication enabled Kalule to acquire essential skills like reading and writing, which have shaped his life.
Meanwhile, Uganda is observing National Heroes Day, an annual commemoration held on June 9th to honour the courageous individuals who sacrificed their lives during the Ugandan Bush War from 1981 to 1986. The conflict claimed the lives of an estimated 100,000 to 500,000 people.
This year’s celebration will take place at Kasaala Catholic Parish Grounds in Luwero district. Under the theme “Arise Uganda, Our Heroes’ Sacrifice are Now Bearing Fruits,” the event will be presided over by Prime Minister Robina Nabbanja. President Yoweri Museveni, unfortunately, will be absent as he is on leave to recover from a COVID-19 infection.
A total of 51 medals will be awarded to individuals who have made significant contributions to their communities and the nation as a whole. These honorees represent the modern-day heroes who continue to inspire and uplift Uganda.