WBGS Honours Martyrs And Dr. Garang’s Memorial Day

Western Bahr el Ghazal State (WBGS) commemorated the 6th anniversary of Martyrs day on 30th July in memory of liberation heroes, heroines and the late Dr. John Garang de Mabior who passed away on 30th of July, 2005 in a tragic helicopter crash.

WBGS Honours Martyrs And Dr. Garang’s Memorial Day
Police personnel (Prisons Department) of WBGS marching with other security forces [©Gurtong]

By James Deng Dimo
WAU, 3rd August, 2011 [Gurtong] - Western Bahr el Ghazal State (WBGS) commemorated the 6th anniversary of Martyrs day on 30th July in memory of liberation heroes, heroines and the late Dr. John Garang de Mabior who passed away on 30th of July, 2005 in a tragic helicopter crash.

The commemoration was held in WBGS capital Wau with all the State residents, the SPLA forces, State Police, prison department, Wildlife, fire brigades and Students from various schools gracing the day.

Over 5,000 people joined the procession in the streets of Wau town, from Salam playground all the way to Wau stadium where the ceremony was conducted.

Among the key officials who marked the day were the State Governor, Hon Rizik Zackaria Hassan, WBGS Division 5 Commander Andrea Dominic, State Legislative Assembly Speaker Andrea Mayar Acho, Deputy Governor Efisio Kon Uguak and all the State stakeholders.
 
Speaking during the occasion, Governor Hassan called on the entire citizens of the State to pay tribute to the fallen freedom fighters, who lost their lives for the freedom of all South Sudanese.

He further urged all the State communities to stop discrimination and tribalism and to focus on building peaceful coexistence and development. “We need our communities to focus on agriculture which will improve our food production,” he said.

The memorial event coincided with the remembrance of all fallen heroes of South Sudan’s freedom fighters who lost their lives during the Country’s long civil war.
 
The celebration started on the 29th of July 2011 with lots of excitements and jubilant prayers in Wau Saint Mary parish, attended by the State dignitaries and over 2,000 faithful across the State capital, led by Bishop Rudolf Deng Majak.

“Today we are celebrating a very big event in memory of the lives of our beloved over 2.5 million martyrs and more, whose blood paid for our freedom in both Anyanya and SPLM liberation wars,” said Mr. Bol Makueng the Information and Culture Secretary.

The Theme for this year’s Martyrs’ Day celebration is: “The blood of our martyrs has cemented our national foundation, he said”.

“In a special way, we duly thank the late ‘Moses’ Dr. John Garang and ‘Joshua’ Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit (President) for bringing us this far. It has been a long walk home, but we are here at last. Thanks to all our martyrs (forefathers , sons and daughters) of South Sudan, for sacrificing for our freedom,” he continued.

Makueng added that now that South Sudanese are free, they need to build this nation for themselves and the coming generations.

The amnesty which the SPLM Chairman and President of the Republic of South Sudan had issued on the day of the declaration of our independence on 9th July must be echoed with positive attitude and behaviour. This is our number one requirement, he reminded them.

He called on the citizens to adopt the culture of hard work and to fight the attitude of physical idleness and redundancy.

In the Republic of South Sudan, 30th July of every year is a public holiday considered as a day to remember fallen heroes and heroines who lost their lives to achieve the country’s freedom. This year’s day was the first of it kindness after the declaration of the independent of South Sudan on the 9th July 2011.

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