It is that time of the year when Rwandans pay tribute to their heroes. It would be an understatement to say that we live in the midst of many unsung heroes, who sacrificed a lot to bring this country where it is today.
The resilience exhibited by many overcome by grief over the loss of their loved ones is immeasurable.
Overcoming the urge to go down the revengeful avenue, putting back together the torn social fabric and rebuilding a nation on a clean slate, is nothing but miraculous; it needed a twinge of heroism.
The majority of today’s population is below twenty. They are enjoying the fruits of the labour of their seniors. But are they up to the task of sustaining the gains of the struggle? That is one question leaders have to grapple with; they should instill in today’s youth the spirit of patriotism and sacrifice.
Feeding on a silver platter should come with conditions of upholding what Rwandans cherish most; their dignity.
Heroes Day should not just go by quietly, it should be continuous exercise of appreciating and recognizing those who paid the ultimate price in the service of the country.
That is what role models are all about; people to look up to and emulate. And there is no short supply of who our youth should look up to. What is needed is to lift the lid on the many who can serve that purpose.