Remembrance Day

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Remembrance Day

Category : Events , WW1 , WW2

At approximately 05:00 on Monday, 11 November 1918, the Armistice was signed in a railway carriage of Marshall Foch’s special train at Rethondes, just outside Paris in the forest of Compiege on the Western Front. At 11:00 that day, the roar of guns ceased and peace and silence finally descended on the Western Front, ending the First World War.

November 11th became the Day of Remembrance internationally for all wars. The Red Poppy of Flanders was taken as the symbol of Remembrance from 1920.

Perhaps, the mere fact that throughout the international community and most definitely in the British Commonwealth, this Act of Homage is recognised annually on the second Sunday in November and at the symbolic eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month (November). This invests the act of remembering with greater significance.

Annually, we are reminded of those who gave their lives for their country or cause…

“They shall grow not old as we that are left grow old,

age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn,

at the going down of the sun and in the morning,

we will remember them”.

Remembrance Sunday is set in November on the Sunday closest to the 11th of November.  In South Africa Remembrance Day is commemorated in all the main centres as well as in many towns. The South African Legion even participates in Remembrance Sunday ceremonies overseas in Glasgow and London at the respective “Cenotaph”parades.


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24
Sat
2018
10:30 Three Ships Commemoration @ South African Cenotaph
Three Ships Commemoration @ South African Cenotaph
Feb 24 @ 10:30 – 11:30
Three Ships Commemoration @ South African Cenotaph | England | United Kingdom
The Three Ships Parade commemorates the loss of lives at sea, and pays homage to the SS Mendi, HMSAS Southern Floe and the SAS President Kruger, thereby recognising three significant periods in our history.
Mar
12
Mon
2018
10:00 Commonwealth Day Parade @ Common...
Commonwealth Day Parade @ Common...
Mar 12 @ 10:00 – 12:30
Commonwealth Day Parade @ Commonwealth Gates Memorial
Purpose: The annual celebration day for the Commonwealth of Nations, consisting of 52 member states, of which South Africa is a member.                      
Apr
7
Sat
2018
13:30 England Branch Q2 Social & Legio...
England Branch Q2 Social & Legio...
Apr 7 @ 13:30 – 18:00
England Branch Q2 Social & Legion Committee Meeting@ TBC
Purpose (committee meeting): All Branch members are invited to contribute in providing suggestions/feedback, or just listen to the quarterly update. Final event planning will also take place for one of our upcoming flagship events – scheduled
Apr
28
Sat
2018
11:00 Nation-building Tribute (aka Fre...
Nation-building Tribute (aka Fre...
Apr 28 @ 11:00 – 13:00
Nation-building Tribute (aka Freedom Day Parade)@Parliament Square
Purpose: In celebrating Freedom Day in South Africa, the South African Legion – England Branch, in association with the Royal British Legion – South African branch, gives tribute to three statesmen whose nation building vision and deeds shaped modern South

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