HARARE, 31 January (BelTA) – Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko visited the National Heroes Acre memorial complex near the capital of Zimbabwe on 31 January, BelTA has learned.
The head of state was greeted by Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade of Zimbabwe Frederick Shava. Aleksandr Lukashenko laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The president was told the story of the complex development.
After that Aleksandr Lukashenko went on to meet his Zimbabwean counterpart Emmerson Mnangagwa for official talks.
National Heroes Acre is a burial ground and national monument located on a mountain range seven kilometers from the capital. The memorial was designed to commemorate the Patriotic Front guerrillas killed in the Rhodesian Bush War, as well as contemporary Zimbabweans whose dedication or commitment to their country justify their interment at the shrine.
The monument itself is modeled after two AK-47s. Work on the monument started in September 1981, a year after Zimbabwean independence. The complex includes the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Eternal Flame, lit at Independence Day celebrations in 1982 and embodying the spirit of Zimbabwean independence, and a museum celebrating the rise of national consciousness in Zimbabwe and the anti-colonial struggle. The mural depicts the history of these territories from pre-colonial times.