Members’ moving tribute to brave servicemen
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