In Zimbabwe, the month of August is a month when we remember our fallen heroes. We remember and celebrate the lives of our dead loved ones; some Zimbabweans even practice rituals and ceremonies to honour their gone heroes.
In Stone Sculpture we rememember and celebrate the lives of our heroes, such as Fanizani Akuda, Henry Munyaradzi, Nicholas Mukomberanwa among others who played an integral role in passing down the heritage of shona stone sculpture.
At a national level, Zimbabweans celebrate Liberation War Heroes on the second Monday of August every year. We commemorate the role played by Liberation war heroes to free the black majority from white colonialism. We salute the roles played by the likes of Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo, Herbert Chitepo, Josiah Tongogara, Rex Nhongo among many others in fighting for the liberation of Zimbabwe. Many sons and daughters of Zimbabwe, some lying in unmarked graves died fighting for a better Zimbabwe. Us the liberated generation, are still fighting for the realisation of the ideals of the liberation struggle.
To appreciate the role played by our liberation war heroes, a group of Stone Sculptors led by female sculptor Tracy Chitsama sculpted a replica of the Tomb of The Unknown Soldier, a statue
erected at The National Heroes Acre in honour of the thousands of Zimbabweans who died fighting for the liberation of Zimbabwe. Tracy Chitsama whose own father died fighting in the liberation struggle saw this as a befitting dedication to her father and many others who suffered the same fate as his.