Every year, the Government of the Republic of Zambia joins the rest of the world in paying respects to those who died during the First and Second World Wars and later conflicts by holding the Remembrance Parades on 11th November or the Sunday closest to it.
These commemorations are held in Lusaka at the Cenotaph opposite the Cabinet Office where His Excellency, the President of the Republic of Zambia leads in laying wreaths in remembrance of fallen heroes while Provincial centres also host similar events.
Though the world continues to commemorate the end of First World War (WWI) on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month each year, the War actually ended in Zambia at Abercorn, now Mbala town, on the 12th hour of the 25th day of the 11th month of 1918.
Rationale for Commemorating the Centenary of the end of First World War
The year, 2018, marks 100 years since the end of First World War. Therefore, Zambia is taking advantage of this renewed interest to ensure that the rest of the world is made aware of this important part of globe history.
Our Country has a big role to play in preserving this history for future generations and create an opportunity for the promotion of tourism and investment in Northern Province and the entire Northern Circuit.
The Commemoration of the end of First World War in the country is scheduled to attract over 19 foreign countries that participated in the East Africa war campaign and other countries that have expressed interest in this renewed history.The countries that took part in the East African war campaign were United Kingdom, Germany, Australia, Belgium, Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire), Gambia, Ghana, India, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Pakistan, Portugal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zimbabwe. Therefore the presence of these countries will raise the image of Zambia as a beacon of peace not only in Africa but also the world at large. Ultimately, this will make the world realize, acknowledge and record that the last bullet of the First World War was actually fired on Zambian soil.