Cenotaph plaque is set to be corrected
A DAY before today’s historic centenary commemoration of Armistice Day at the cenotaph in Adderley Street, the City of Cape Town has acknowledged that an inscription on the memorial is incorrect.
A plaque underneath the Korean War, carries the date 1914-1918. This was the timeline for World War I, while the Korean War took place from 1950 to 1953.
In a one-line response, deputy mayor Ian Neilson said: “The City of Cape Town apologises for the error. Steps will be taken to correct this as soon as possible.”
In 2013 the cenotaph was moved 300m from its original spot in Adderley Street, to an area between Fountain Circle and Heritage Street. It had to make way for the new MyCiTi station.
Armistice Day is commemorated annually on November 11 to mark the end of World War I, and pays tribute to soldiers who died in the war.
Agi Orfanos, from Table View, had a keen interest in the cenotaph and was opposed to the move, especially when the Company’s Garden and the Grand Parade were punted.
He did not want it moved but said he realised he was fighting a “losing battle”. He photoshopped the cenotaph into the space where it now stands, and his proposal was accepted by the City of Cape Town, he said. |