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Fallen Heroes Remembered

Fallen Heroes Remembered

Buffalo City Metro citizens remembered fallen war heroes on Sunday 12 November at the Cenotaph War Memorial site in East London. 

The memorial service is set aside to pay tribute to the City’s soldiers who fell during the World War 1 and 2.

Every year, on the Sunday closest to Armistice Day, November 11, people around the world take time to reflect on those lost in various struggles across the globe. Armistice Day commemorates the end of World War 1.

In South Africa remembrance services now include those who fought against apartheid - the members of the armed wings of the various liberation movements.

Remembrance Sunday as it is famously known started at 11am.

Present at this year’s event include the Executive Mayor Xola Pakati, Reverend Barry Wittstock, Captain M. Myataza, Chaplain P. Diniso and Buffalo City Metro Councillors including Kuhle Ciliza, Vusumzi Njece, Geoffrey Walton, Marion Mackley, Christiaan Swart, William Gould and amongst others.

Also part of the remembrance are the war veterans, compatriots, friends and family members of those who were involved in these wars.

The day also saw various hymns sang including O God Our Help in Ages Past and Abide With Me by the Selborne College Band.

Speaking about the symbolism of the day Pakati said, “By laying on these wreaths we pledge that we are committed in the need to end all wars.”

The event also had a parade, marching and band in Oxford Street before the day started.

The day culminates with the singing of the National Anthem.

 



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