On Tuesday August 20th. 1940, in London, Sir. Winston Churchill delivered a speech to the House of Commons. The lengthy speech, although in general was a Milestone account of the Second World War situation as far as Britain was concerned, it was in particular a tribute to the ongoing heroic efforts of the Royal Air Force crews who were at the time trying to quell off the German Luftwaffe in the frenetic battle in the skies over England. Continue reading Martyrs’ Day: Remembering Eritrea’s Famous Few→
Without their sacrifice, Eritrea and Eritreans would not be standing tall today.
BY BEREKET KIDANE
Bob Marley once said, “Live for yourself and you will live in vain. Live for others and you will live again”. Eritrea’s martyrs did not live for themselves. They lived for us and for future generations of Eritreans. They gave up their lives so that we can proudly live as a sovereign people in a free nation. That is why they continue to live in us and will always remain vivid in our national memory. Continue reading Heroes of Eritrea→
LATER this month, Eritrea will observe ‘Mealti Sematat’ (Memorial Day) for its fallen heroes. Mealti Sematat has become as sacred as the ancient Muslim and Christian religious holidays celebrated in Eritrea. There is a certain sanctity to it.
Collective responsibility is a fundamental principle of Eritrean society. In Eritrea, the idea that we are all responsible for each other and for protecting the country’s sovereignty permeates every aspect of Eritrean life. It is particularly evident on Mealti Sematat because Eritrea being a small country everyone has experienced a personal loss, the country shuts down and people use the day to reflect and pause to honor their fallen heroes. Continue reading Mealti Sematat: Eritrea’s Memorial Day→
It is easy to argue that all Eritreans in and out of Eritrea are veterans. Nearly every Eritrean has taken part on liberating and defending Eritrea in one form or another. This article however, will focus on those veterans that struggled to liberate and defend Eritrea.