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Heroes' Day or National Heroes' Day may refer to a number of commemorations of national heroes in different countries. It is often held on the birthday of a national hero or heroine, or the anniversary of their great deeds that made them heroes.
- 1 National Heroes' Day in Angola
- 2 National Heroes' Day in Barbados
- 3 Heroes' Day in Cape Verde
- 4 Heroes' Day in Indonesia
- 5 Heroes' Day in Jamaica
- 6 Heroes' Day in Kenya
- 7 Heroes' Day in Mozambique
- 8 Heroes' Day in Namibia
- 9 National Heroes' Day in the Philippines
- 10 Heroes' Day in Romania
- 11 National Heroes Day in Saint Kitts and Nevis
- 12 Heroes Day in Tamil Eelam
- 13 National Heroes' Day in Turks and Caicos Islands
- 14 Heroes' Day in Uganda
- 15 National Heroes Day in the United Kingdom
- 16 Heroes' Day in Zambia
- 17 References
National Heroes' Day in Angola
National Heroes' Day in Barbados
Heroes' Day in Cape Verde
Heroes' Day in Indonesia
Hari Pahlawan is observed every 10 November to commemorate heavy fighting between Indonesian nationalist militias and British Allied forces at Surabaya, East Java on 10 November 1945. This was the first large-scale international armed conflict involving Indonesia after its Proclamation of Independence on 17 August 1945.
Heroes' Day in Jamaica
Heroes' Day in Jamaica is a holiday celebrated on the Third Monday in October. It commemorates seven national heroes from Jamaican history.
Heroes' Day in Kenya
Mashujaa Day is a national holiday in Kenya, which is celebrated to collectively honour all those who contributed towards the struggle for Kenya's independence. It is observed on 20 October.
Heroes' Day in Mozambique
Heroes' Day in Namibia
26 August is Heroes' Day in Namibia. It marks the beginning of the armed struggle during the Namibian War of Independence.
National Heroes' Day in the Philippines
National Heroes Day is a national public holiday in the Philippines to honour and remember the country’s heroes, men and women in Philippine history whose acts of courage enabled the Philippines to grow as a nation. It is held on the last Monday of August to mark the anniversary of the 1896 Cry of Pugad Lawin by the Katipunan, led by its Supremo Andrés Bonifacio, which began the Philippine Revolution.
While the holiday celebrates both known and unknown heroes, a National Heroes Committee was set up in 1995 to recommend those who should be counted as ‘National Heroes’. Following certain criteria, they found a select group of people who, they believed, should be honoured for their deeds: Jose Rizal, Andres Bonifacio, Emilio Aguinaldo, Apolinario Mabini, Marcelo H. del Pilar, Sultan Dipatuan Kudarat, Juan Luna, Melchora Aquino, and Gabriela Silang.
Heroes' Day in Romania
Heroes' Day in Romania is on May 13.
National Heroes Day in Saint Kitts and Nevis
Heroes Day in Tamil Eelam
Heroes Day (Tamil: Maaverar Naal) in the Sri Lankan secessionist region of Tamil Eelam is observed every 27 November. The first LTTE cadre to die was Lt Sathiyanathan alias Shankar, who was also known as Suresh, died on November 27, 1982. It became a tradition to in LTTE to pay tribute to all the cadre's contribution to the movement on this day. Some of the Sri Lankan and Indian media usually point out that the Heroes Day is celebrated on the birthday of LTTE leader Prabhakaran, and his Heroes Day speech is his birthday speech. The reason for this confusion is that Prabhakaran's birthday is on November 26.
National Heroes' Day in Turks and Caicos Islands
Heroes' Day in Uganda
Heroes' Day in Uganda takes place on June 9.
National Heroes Day in the United Kingdom
The United Kingdom first celebrated a National Heroes Day in 2011, on 21 October (the same day as the victory at Trafalgar). It was founded by Robin Hollington (father of the 300th UK serviceman to die on Operations in Afghanistan Marine Richard Hollington), who sought and got endorsement from the Prime Minister, after a young teacher named Danny Glavin (a footballing colleague of Richard's) organised a number of local events in schools in his area. Danny's efforts followed the Heroes Day held by All Farthing School held in 2009/10. National Heroes Day is a chance for the Nation, but primarily school children, to honour their personal Hero, whoever that may be, whilst learning to understand the difference between Hero and Celebrity. Donations raised on the day go directly to Help for Heroes. Organisation of the event is and always will be funded by sponsorship with 100% of the donations raised going to the Help for Heroes Charity.
Heroes' Day in Zambia
Heroes' Day in Zambia is a public holiday observed every first Monday of July.
- "Angola Pays Tributes on Day of the National Hero". Retrieved 10 November 2011.
- Government of Barbados - National Heroes[dead link]
- "History of Barbados, The Parliament of Barbados". Barbadosparliament.com. Retrieved 2012-05-16.
- "CARICOM listing of Turks and Caicos holidays". Caricom.org. 1991-07-02. Retrieved 2012-05-16.
- "News about the day in Turks and Caicos". Reefnews.com. 1999-02-26. Retrieved 2012-05-16.