Martyr’s Day is an Eritrean public holiday celebrated on June 20 each year. It honors those who gave their lives during the Eritrean War of Independence that lasted for thirty years as well as those who gave their lives in defense of Eritrean sovereignty during Ethiopian aggression from 1998-2000. Eritrea also honors those who paid the ultimate price in service of the country.
Eritreans take this day not only to pay their respect to the fallen heroes with moments of silence and candlelight vigil services but with meaningful and tangible actions and responsibilities. On this day, Eritreans reiterate their commitment to preserve the legacies of the martyrs by donating the Martyrs Family Trust Fund of sponsoring a family. This noble act of is a sign of small token of appreciation for the ultimate sacrifice paid to bring about independence and defend sovereignty. Family Sponsorship Form English Tigrigna