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NA­TIONAL Re­mem­brance Sun­day will be held on Novem­ber 11, hosted by the City of Joburg.

This year’s event is es­pe­cially sig­nif­i­cant as it marks the cen­te­nary of the sign­ing of an armistice 100 years ago, end­ing World War 1 in 1918, which was com­monly known as “the War to end all Wars”.

The dream of a world with­out war never came true, and 21 years af­ter the end of the World War 1, World War II broke out in 1939.

The 2018 ser­vice will also mark the cen­te­nary of the Bat­tle of Square Hill in Pales­tine, where sol­diers of the Cape Corps dis­tin­guished them­selves against Turk­ish forces loyal to Ger­many.

The Re­mem­brance Sun­day com­mem­o­ra­tion will open with a march past the Ceno­taph, with hun­dreds of civic marchers in the pa­rade, along with mil­i­tary bands, vet­er­ans’ or­gan­i­sa­tions and youth groups, and sup­ported by the SANDF.

An in­ter­faith re­li­gious ser­vice will be led by Rev­erend Trevor Slade, an in­ter-de­nom­i­na­tional min­is­ter from the SA Air Force As­so­ci­a­tion.

There will then be a wreath-lay­ing cer­e­mony, with the first wreath to be laid by the mayor, fol­lowed by other civic dig­ni­taries, se­nior SANDF of­fi­cials, ex-ser­vice or­gan­i­sa­tions, diplo­matic rep­re­sen­ta­tives and youth groups. Mem­bers of the pub­lic will also be given the op­por­tu­nity to lay flow­ers. The event is open to all.

The ser­vice will be held at the Ceno­taph, Har­ri­son Street, on Novem­ber 11 from 2pm.

The Ceno­taph has re­cently been cleaned and scrubbed af­ter it was de­faced with spray-painted graf­fiti in mid-Oc­to­ber. The city’s direc­torate of arts, cul­ture and her­itage sent a spe­cial­ist team to the clean the me­mo­rial.

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