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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 South Africa
- 13 National Heroes' Day in Sri Lanka
- 14 National Heroes' Day in Turks and Caicos Islands
- 15 Heroes' Day in Uganda
- 16 National Heroes Day in the United Kingdom
- 17 Heroes' Day in Zambia
- 18 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 honor the country’s heroes and is held on the last Monday of August to mark the anniversary of the Cry of Pugad Lawin, the beginning of the Philippine Revolution by the Katipunan and its Supremo Andrés Bonifacio in 1896.
While the holiday celebrates both known and unknown heroes, a National Heroes Committee was established in 1995, in advance of the Revolution's centennial, to propose a list of "National Heroes". The committee proposed 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 South Africa
National Heroes' Day in Sri Lanka
National Heroes Day in Sri Lanka is celebrated on 28th November of each year. It's celebrated since 1818 Kandyan rebellion against British invasion in Sri Lanka. This year (2013), 195th commemoration of National Heroes Day of Sri Lanka was held by the sponsorship of the Sri Lankan Government.
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 Danny Glavin, a teacher from Fareham, Hampshire. After hearing about the tragic death of his childhood friend whilst serving in Afghanistan, he decided to fund-raise for a military charity in his memory. Inspired by the sacrifice made by his childhood friend, in 2011, Danny created 'National Heroes Day' (a day where people in the UK can honour their own heroes whilst raising money for charity) and involved his childhood friend's father to help him promote it. The day was endorsed by the PM, David Cameron.
Heroes' Day in Zambia
Heroes' Day in Zambia is a public holiday observed every first Monday of July.The Intention of this holiday is to honor citizens accorded the status of heroes and heroines. However, this day is more correlated to the Zambia International Trade Fair on which, including the Unity Day, employees rest. It is a memorial day for those who perished during the independence struggles. These are the people who sacrificed everything – their lives, their education, and their jobs for the independence of their country. - See more at: http://www.zambia-advisor.com/Zambian-Holidays.html#sthash.T38YDCLz.dpuf
- "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.