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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Sun
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10:00 Delville Wood @ Delville Wood
Delville Wood @ Delville Wood
Jul 9 @ 10:00 – 14:30
Delville Wood @ Delville Wood | Longueval | Hauts-de-France | France
Purpose: We remember the 229,000 South Africans who volunteered for World War 1, paying tribute to 2,500 who perished in the Battle of Delville Wood, the single biggest SA military loss on the battle field.
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Mon
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all-day Ypres Passchendaele Centenary @ Tyne Cot Cemetery
Ypres Passchendaele Centenary @ Tyne Cot Cemetery
Jul 31 all-day
Ypres  Passchendaele Centenary @ Tyne Cot Cemetery
    Descendants of those who fought at the Third Battle of Ypres will be invited to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) Tyne Cot Cemetery in Belgium to mark the centenary of the Battle
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Sat
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10:00 England Branch Legion Committee ... @ Royal Hospital Chelsea
England Branch Legion Committee ... @ Royal Hospital Chelsea
Aug 12 @ 10:00 – 12:30
England Branch Legion Committee Meeting Q3 @ Royal Hospital Chelsea | England | United Kingdom
Purpose: All Branch members are invited to contribute in providing suggestions/feedback, or just listen to the quarterly update.

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