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National Heroes Acre

National Heroes Acre or simply Heroes Acre is a burial ground and national monument in Harare, Zimbabwe. The 57-acre (230,000 m2) site is situated on a ridge seven kilometres from Harare, towards Norton. Its stated purpose is to commemorate Patriotic Front guerrillas killed during the Rhodesian Bush War, and contemporary Zimbabweans whose dedication or commitment to their country justify their interment at the shrine. The actual monument itself is modeled after an AK-47.


Construction
Work was initiated on the National Heroes' Acre in September 1981, a year after Zimbabwean independence. Ten Zimbabwean and seven North Korean architects and artists were recruited to map the site's layout. 250 local workers were involved in the project at the height of its construction. Black granite used for the main structures was quarried from Mutoko, about 140 kilometres northeast of the capital, then known as Salisbury.

National Heroes
“Those heroes subordinated their personal interests to the collective interest of Zimbabwe. They accepted and endured pain, suffering and brutality with fortitude even unto death.” National Hero Status is the highest honour that can be conferred to an individual by Zimbabwe and the recipient is entitled to be buried at the National Heroes' Acre. As of 7 August 2001, 47 persons had been interred on site.

Features


The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier recognises unidentified insurgents who lost their lives during the bush war. Included is a bronze statue of three guerrillas - one female, two male - a flagpole, and an ornate artifice.[3]

The Eternal Flame
The Eternal Flame rests atop a tower measuring some forty metres. It was lit at independence celebrations in 1982 and embodies the spirit of Zimbabwean independence. The tower is the highest point at Heroes' Acre; it can readily viewed from Harare.

Wall Murals
Two walls on either side of the monument carry murals depicting the history of Zimbabwe, from pre-colonial times through the Chimurenga, the Rhodesian Bush War, and independence under national hero Robert Mugabe.

Museum
Near the entrance of Heroes' Acre is a museum dedicated to the rise of African nationalism in Zimbabwe and the anti-colonial struggle, showcasing artifacts, photographs, documents and other paraphernalia from the war and the period shortly after independence.

Zimbabwe National heroes buried at the shrine

Edgar Tekere
Samuel "Mayor Urimbo" Mamutse
Lameck Makanda
Daniel Nyamayaro Madzimbamuto
Joshua Mqabuko Nyongolo Nkomo
Simon C. Mazorodze
Josiah Magama Tongogara
Sally Hayfron Mugabe
Jason Ziyaphapha Moyo
Alfred Nikita Mangena
Herbert Wiltshire Chitepo
Leopold Takawira
Masotsha Ndlovu
T. M. George Silundika
Mama Mafuyana
Edson Jonasi Mudadirwa Zvobgo
Julia Tukai Zvobgo
Simon Vengai Muzenda
Lookout Masuku
Herbert Sylvester Masiyiwa Ushewokunze
Moven Mahachi
Ernest R. Kadungure
Sydney Donald Malunga
Joseph Culverwell
Brig General John Zingoni
Josiah Tungamirai
Brigadier General Gumbo
Zororo Duri
Christopher Machingura Ushewokunze
Sikwili Kohli Moyo
Vitalis Zvinavashe
Chenjerai Hunzvi
Border Gezi
Robson Manyika
Josiah Mushore Chinamano
Swithun Mombeshora
Sabina Mugabe
Maurice Nyagumbo
Bernard Chidzero
Elliot Manyika
David Ishemunyoro Karimanzira
Livingstone Mernard Negidi Muzariri
Brig. Gen. Armstrong Gunda
Misheck "Makasha" Chando
Solomon Tapfumaneyi Mujuru
Guy Clutton-Brock
John Landa Nkomo
Herbert Mahlaba
Lt. Gen.(Rtd) Amoth Chingombe
Edson Ncube
Elias Kanengoni
John Zingoni(Brig.Gen)
Nathan Shamuyarira
Kantibhai Gordanbhai
George Lifa(Maj.Gen)
Cornelius Nhloko
Lieutenant Colonel Harold Chirenda
Mike Karakadzai
Kumbirayi Kangai
Enos Nkala
Solomon Chirume Tawengwa
Edison Zvobgo
George Bodzo Nyandoro

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Harare International Airport Flight Schedule

 

Airline  Route  Weekly frequency  Days of the Week  Websites Address 
         
South African Airways  Johannesburg, South Africa - Harare, Zimbabwe  18 Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday  www.flysaa.com 
South African Airways  Johannesburg, South Africa - Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe  7 Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday  www.flysaa.com 
Kenyan Airways  Nairobi, Kenya - Harare, Zimbabwe  11 Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday  www.kenya-airways.com 
Air Botswana Gaborone, Botswana - Harare, Zimbabwe  3 Monday, Wednesday, Saturday  www.airbotswana.co.bw 
Ethiopian Airways  Addis Ababa, Ethopia - Harare, Zimbabwe  7 Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday  www.flyethiopian.com 
BA Comair  Johannesburg, South Africa- Harare, Zimbabwe  7 Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday  www.comair.co.za 
BA Comair  johannesburg, South Africa- Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe  7 Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday,  www.comair.co.za 
Air Namibia  Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe - Windhoek, Namibia  7 Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday,  www.airnamibia.aero 
Air Namibia  Windhoek, Namibia - Harare, Zimbabwe  4 Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Friday  www.airnamibia.aero 
Malawi Airlines  Lilongwe, Malawi - Harare, Zimbabwe  3 Monday, Wednesday, Friday  * New Start-Up 
South African Airlink  Harare, Zimbabwe - Johannesburg, South Africa  11 Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday  www.flyairlink.com 
South African Airlink  Bulawayo, Zimbabwe -Johannesburg, South Africa  7 Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday  www.flyairlink.com 
TAAG  Luanda, Angola - Harare, Zimbabwe  1 Saturday  www.taag.com 
Emirates Harare, Zimbabwe - Dubai, U.A.E.  5 Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday  www.emirates.com 
KLM Harare, Zimbabwe - Amsterdam, Netherlands  3 Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday  www.klm.com 
LAM Harare, Zimbabwe- Maputo, Mozanbique  3 Monday, Wednesday, Saturday  www.lam.co.mz 
SA Express  Harare, Zimbabwe- Durban, South Africa  3 Wednesday, Friday, Sunday  www.flyexpress.aero 
Egypt Air Harare, Zimbabwe- Cairo, Egypt  4 Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Friday  www.egyptair.com 
         

 

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