Words cannot do justice to the magnitude of the sacrifice that we commemorate on June 20. Our martyrs committed themselves to the highest act of devotion, for a cause greater than themselves: a free and independent Eritrea. Their storied heroism will forever hold an unparalleled place in our history.
ድሙቕ ሓያል ዘይሃስስ ዝመላለስ ዝኽሪ፡ እኳ ድኣ መመሊሱ ዝሕደስ ዝኽሪ፡ ዝኽሪ ናይ’ቲ እቲ ኹሉ ዝሓለፈ ሕሰም፡ ዝኽሪ ናይ’ቲ ነዊሕ ስቓይ ግፍዒ ውርደት ሓሳረ-መከራ፡ እቲ ዝተሓላለኸን ዝተነጸረን ዝኽሪ! መመሊሱ ኣብ ኣእምሮይ እግንፍል እመላለስ፡ ፈልፋሊ ዋሕዙ ዘየቛርጽ ዝኽሪ፡ መዕለቢ ዘይብሉ፡ ስቕ ኢለ እዝክር።
ኣታ ንጀጋኑዶ ይብከዮሎም ኮይኑ፧ እኳ ደኣ ይዕለሎም’ምበሪ!
ካብ መቑሕ ባርነት ዘጋላገሉና - ተጋዲሎም ኣብ ትሕቲ ፈጣሪ
ዝሓለፉን ዘለዉን ጀጋኑናስ ነብረ- ኣናብስዮም -- ዘበሰሩ ዓወት
ዓርቢ - እወ’ታ ዓርቢ! ዓርቢ መዓልቲ - ኣብ መንፈቐ ወርሒ ግንቦት
ቅንጥጥ ዘበልዋ ናይ ሕሰመ መከራ - እዋን መግዛእቲ ባርነት
Often times I find myself in a position where people ask me where I’m from and I proudly say “Eritrea”. For me, as well as many Eritreans, it’s not simply where we come from but it is who we are.
June 20. Just another day for most people around the world. But for Eritreans, it is a day full of meaning and of utmost importance. It is Mealti Sematat. A day set aside to give thanks and remember the thousands who gave their lives and limbs to make May 24 possible and to make sure the hard-won Independence remains secure.