Tribute to those who died in WWI
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