Mem­bers’ mov­ing trib­ute to brave ser­vice­men

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GATH­ERED at the South African Air Force As­so­ci­a­tion (Saafa) me­mo­rial day at 43 Air School on Sun­day were mem­bers of the SA Le­gion, Moths, exser­vice­men and friends and fam­ily who came to hon­our and re­mem­ber the brave in­di­vid­u­als who have given their lives for man and coun­try.

Chair­man of the Port Al­fred Saafa branch, Hugh Holmes, led the me­mo­rial ser­vice and opened up pro­ceed­ings by wel­com­ing all the guests who had come to pay their re­spects.

“I want to take this op­por­tu­nity to ded­i­cate a new plaque in mem­ory of Ken Humphreys who passed to higher of­fice in June last year,” Holmes said.

The lament was played on the bag­pipes by Chris Terry, while wreaths honouring the fallen mem­bers were laid by mem­bers of Saafa, then the Moths, the SA Le­gion and fi­nally mem­bers of the pub­lic.

“Thank you Des Lynch and staff of 43 Air School for once again ar­rang­ing this day and hav­ing the wall of re­mem­brance cleaned up and look­ing good,” he said.

The ded­i­ca­tion prayer was read by Holmes be­fore guests took to Pied Piper Bistro at 43 Air School for lunch.

Wally Van­der­meulen re­cited the Air­man’s Grace writ­ten by Father John MacGil­lvray: “Lord of thun­der­head and sky, you placed in us the will to fly, you taught our hand speed, skill and grace, to soar be­yond our dwelling place. You shared with us the ea­gle’s view, the right to soar as ea­gles do, the right to call the clouds our home, and grate­ful, through your heav­ens roam. May we as­sem­ble here tonight, and all who love the thrill of flight, re­call with twofold grat­i­tude, your gift of wings, your gift of food.”

Fol­low­ing the Air­man’s Graze, Lynch pre­sented the roll of hon­our, pay­ing trib­ute to those who have fallen since the last me­mo­rial day ser­vice. In­cluded in the roll are Ken Humphreys, Hazel Hawken and Nor­man Ab­bott from the Port Al­fred branch.

Lynch was pre­sented with a merit of ap­pre­ci­a­tion from Saafa for all that he does for keep­ing the fel­low­ship alive.

TO­KEN OF AP­PRE­CI­A­TION: Des Lynch, left, was awarded a merit of ap­pre­ci­a­tion for all he does to pro­mote and pre­serve ideas of the South African Air Force As­so­ci­a­tion as pre­sented by chair­man of the lo­cal branch Hugh Holmes

SPE­CIAL DAY: At­tend­ing the Saafa me­mo­rial day pa­rade and lunch at the Pied Piper Bistro at 43 Air School are, from left, Koos van Rens­burg, Jakes Ja­cobs and An­nelie Ja­cobs

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