In Eritrea, June 20 is an official Martyrs’ Day (Memorial Day) during which Eritrean nationals within Eritrea and in the Diaspora solemnly pay tribute to the thousands of heroes and heroines who paid the ultimate sacrifice during the struggle for independence and while protecting Eritrean sovereignty. On our part, we salute them and in their name we renew our pledge to care for their families and advance the national interests.

(June 20 Series No. 3) The Meaning of Martyrs Day

Eritrea lost 65,000 of its sons and daughters during the struggle for national independence. As if this were not enough, another 19,000 were sacrificed to prevent reversal of Eritrean sovereignty. During this period of “no peace, no war” situation more gallant fighters are putting their life on hold and paying the ultimate price repulsing enemy encroachments.

(June 20 Series No. 2) A Precious Legacy of Precious Martyrs

As June 20, Eritrean Martyrs’ Day (Eritrea's Memorial Day) quickly approaches, it is fitting that we should contemplate the significance of the legacy of the heroes who paid the ultimate price for our country. Our existence as a people, our precious Eritrean identity is a legacy of these brave sons and daughter, fathers and mothers, brothers and sisters, friends and relatives. For this reason Martyrs’ Day holds a venerated position in our hearts and minds; we also need to challenge ourselves to realize the values our martyrs left us with: the values of courage, dedication, resilience, selfless-service....