SA Army Remembers Fallen Soldiers, 11 November 2010

Article by Lieutenant Colonel Mafi Mgobozi, SA Army Corporate Communication
Photos by Staff
Sergeant Chené Kruger

On 11 November 2010, the SA Army Headquarters joined the world in commemorating the World Remembrance Day for the fallen soldiers who have lost their lives during the World War 1 and other wars in the world.

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On this day, at the 11th hour in 1918, the guns of war finally fell silent. Sir Percy Fitzpatrick, a South African came up with the suggestion to King George V, that 11 November 1919 was to be recognised officially as Armistice Day in London. He thought it appropriate that on that day every year, there should be a two minute silence throughout the Empire, to commemorate the fallen soldiers. King George implemented his idea.

The SA Army HQ commemorated this day by hosting a parade. During the parade a two minute silence was observed.

  • One minute in memory of the fallen.
  • One minute in gratitude for the survivors.

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Chaplain T. Bathobakae reminded members on parade of the importance of remembering the fallen soldiers and survivors of different wars whether it was just or unjust. The world would not have been like this if those people had not sacrificed their lives during the two world wars. That is why it is important not to forget them.

Chaplain T. Bathobakae