Heroes Day should be a time for every Namibian, especially the millennials, to reflect on the personal sacrifices of those who lost their lives liberating this country.
Most of the time, those born just before independence or after independence do not have an appreciation of what those who took up arms against the colonial forces had to go through, hence the lack of respect for our heroes both alive and dead.
Heroes Day commemoration should not be seen as just another holiday or time to get drunk, but it presents an opportunity for the younger generation to acquaint themselves with the painful history of this country.
It is also a time for the younger generation to learn about what it means to be a true patriot and how one can contribute to the development of this great nation.
The younger generation, who are the future leaders, tend to be selfish, interested in things that only benefit themselves or at best their immediate families.
They also tend to take for granted the peace and stability that Namibia is enjoying at the moment.
The younger generation seems to have everything easy. They always demand more from Government, whether it is jobs, scholarships or land, but don’t want to give anything in return.
But there are lessons to be learned from our yesteryear heroes.
Like what President Hage Geingob said in his speech on Wednesday, the second phase of the struggle will require the same sacrifice and selflessness that the first struggle demanded.
The president said Independence was not handed to the older generation on a silver platter, but it was earned through the shedding of blood.
While economic emancipation will not necessarily involve the shedding of blood, it will require citizens to forego selfish ambitions and instant wealth accumulation.
It will also require citizens who will not abuse their positions in both Government and the private sector to accumulate obscene amounts of wealth while their neighbours wallow in poverty.
The challenge to the younger generation is: What are you willing to sacrifice to ensure that this country moves to the next developmental stage?