Trib­ute to those who died in WWI

The Mercury - - METRO - BAR­BARA COLE

THIRTY Dur­ban pipers and drum­mers will get to play a once-in-a-life­time trib­ute on Sun­day as the world re­mem­bers the cen­te­nary of the sign­ing of the Ar­mistice of 11 No­vem­ber, 1918.

And at 6am at the Dur­ban Ceno­taph, ex­actly 100 years af­ter the ar­mistice was signed be­tween the Al­lies and Ger­many, mark­ing the end of the fight­ing on the West­ern Front and ul­ti­mately the end of World War I, the tar­tan-clad pipers and drum­mers of the Dur­ban Reg­i­ment, the Natal Mounted Ri­fles (NMR) Reg­i­ment, and 1 Med­i­cal Bat­tal­ion will play the haunt­ing tune When the Bat­tle’s O’er twice, an in­struc­tion of old to those sol­diers re­main­ing on the bat­tle­field to “cease fire”.

Mil­lions were killed and wounded in the Great War, in­clud­ing 2000 pipers. While pipers around the world have been in­vited to take part in the poignant trib­ute, Pipe Ma­jor Cap­tain Ken Mus­tard of the Dur­ban Reg­i­ment, said it had been de­cided that drum­mers should also be in­volved in the lo­cal cer­e­mony.

It is one of two ex­tra com­mem­o­ra­tive events that are be­ing added to the usual Re­mem­brance Ser­vice cer­e­monies – which hon­our those who lost their lives in war – and will be at­tended

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