Today, in Namibia, it is a public holiday – Heroes’ Day. Recognised by the United Nations as Namibia Day and celebrated annually on 26 August, the day commemorates the Namibian War of Independence which began on 26 August 1966 at Omugulugwombashe.
Celebrations take place annually at different locations, usually in the north of Namibia near important battle zones. Hundreds of people gather to watch leaders such as Hifikepunye Pohamba, Sam Nujoma and Nahas Angula officially commemorate veterans of the People's Liberation Army of Namibia (PLAN), SWAPO's military wing during the War.
Heroes' Acre, a war memorial on the outskirts of Windhoek, was opened on this day in 2002.
It is another controversial Namibian project, built by North Korea's Mansudae Overseas Projects at a cost of N$250 million; the memorial site is falling into disrepair and costs about N$ 50000 per annum to maintain. Famous for the Unknown Soldier statue, the Heroes Acre was built with the purpose of honouring Namibia’s anti-colonial and liberation struggle heroes
At the centre of the complex stands a 15 metre high marble obelisk carrying the 8 metre high bronze statue of a heavily armed soldier representing the "Unknown Soldier", but strongly resembling Sam Nujoma himself. The wording on the front of the plinth reads 'Glory to the fallen Heroes and Heroines of the motherland Namibia! Sam Nujoma 26th August 2002'.
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gildasjan (43650) 2013-08-26 6:04
Une belle perspective en contre-plongée.Le contraste est agréable avec le bleu dense de ce ciel.
Romano46 (18472) 2013-08-26 6:07
una foto particolarmente bella non solo per l'eccellente composizione, ma soprattutto per la particolare nitidezza e brillantezza dela luce che si fanno notare in maniera particolare.
Un ottimo soggetto valorizzato in maniera eccellente anche con un taglio ed un punto di ripresa particolarmente belli.
Ciao e buona giornata
Nicou (144292) 2013-08-26 7:11
quelle statue e tiamge sueprbe ce soldat tout en doré avec le socle noir et la colonne grise blanche sueprbe cadrage en mouvement mervielleux.
Bravo et amitié
snunney (100774) 2013-08-26 7:43
It is very impressive this monument despite the controversy surrounding it. The saturated blue sky makes a superb backdrop for the bronze toned statue with the obelisk towering overhead. Point of view is excellent.
krzychu30 (15512) 2013-08-26 9:49
magnificent presentation of this Memorial!Certainly an appropriate choice to celebrate Heroes Day in Namibia.
I like your upward perspective and POV you chose to capture the scene.Apart from that I enjoy so lovely,soft light which helps you to bring out the best features of all colors(and they are really delightful).
mjw364 (1338) 2013-08-26 10:17
Carefully composed with a strong POV. I like the sense of scale the statue provides relative to the needle. Interesting note too.
Sorry if I got Bob Dylan on replay in your head! Sometimes it just has to be done!
holmertz (54315) 2013-08-26 11:05
I'm so glad you mentioned Sam Nujoma towards the end of the note, because he was the first person who entered my mind as an obvious choice for local hero. I suppose I wouldn't really appreciate this monument if standing below it, but a good POV and good light can do wonders to anything, and this is a very catchy and appealing photo of bold lines and strong colours. I am sure the credits all go to you, not to the Mansudae Overseas Projects :-).
Very long ago I rented a second hand flat in an old and rathr rundown house in the heart of Stockholm. It was in the process of being gradually evacuated, to make room for another government building, and among my very few (only two in fact) neighbours in this dark and creepy house was the local SWAPO office.
emka (99999) 2013-08-26 15:57
rather strange monument and very expensive but your presentation is stunning. The copper figure of the soldier contrast so well with the fabulous blue sky. although I visited Namibia, I do not know much about history. I heard rather the story of Herero and Namaqua Genocide and not about the fight for independence. How strange sound all the names.
Also remarkable is that you found your home in this far land.
Good luck for Namibia!
ACL1978 (7511) 2013-08-26 20:54
Hi Rosemary - I've been away for a while, but I'm glad to be back and catching up with people here. And I'm glad to see you're still showing us corners of Windhoek, especially this striking monument. It's particularly interesting for me to see, through your shots, the different ways in which Namibia is trying to nationalize its history. This is a great example, a statue to the unknown soldier, a great nationalist symbol in so many countries. Thanks for the long explanation as well.
bukitgolfb301 (42712) 2013-08-26 21:21
Hi dear Roemary
Ya stunning gareat statue via so sharp / clear presentation. Nice low and wide angle setting has established this marvelous image. Vivid color contarst is so fresh to see.
All the best, Takero
jjcordier (79297) 2013-08-26 23:20
Une photo de grande qualité avec une jolie lumière, de belles couleurs et surtout une contre-plongée donnant une composition très originale.
timecapturer (49288) 2013-08-27 4:35
a lovely tribute shot for this special day. Love the POV and the superbly detailed elements and straight lines that just emphasise the bronzed statue's presence and imposition so effectively. Glorious execution and presentation.
Noel_Byrne (31668) 2013-08-27 5:29
This is beautiful. The capture of this fine monument could not possibly be better, between your chosen point of view, the range of contrasting colors, the proud statue and the imposing obelisk. A really impressive memorial, and a wonderful shot to portray it. That sky is superb as a backdrop, and the texture of the blank plinth makes me feel I could almost touch it.
Nicely done, and thanks for sharing.
All the best
HimalAnda (10669) 2013-08-27 11:31
The composition and the sharpness are perfect, the colors beautiful...
ourania (47136) 2013-08-28 8:27
this monument doesn't look so elegant but it surely wasn't erected aspiring to this. It was probably designed to impress with its dynamism and luxury. I like very much how you've combined the perspectives of the base, the statue and the obelisk. The sharpness and the feel of the textures are marvellous. The colours are so eye-catching and watching the subtle shadows design the features of the statue is superb. A fascinating presentation, congratulations and thank you!
All the best,
jemaflor (98771) 2013-08-28 10:34
great view with a perfcet angle to take this statue, colors and contrast are very well managed, good result, tfs.
Silvio1953 (145645) 2013-08-29 12:35
Ciao Rosemary, great view of lovely dtatue, fantastic blue sky, excellent clarity, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
petarl (1369) 2013-09-26 13:03
Beautifully clear and sharp photo with only a couple of colors giving it strong look, especially bronze soldier. In my opinion, composition is well made and thought of. I like these thin white lines on the pedestal converging to almost vertical obelisk.