Remembrance Sun­day - a centenary com­mem­o­ra­tion

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BY THEMBEKA DLAMINI

To­day marks 100 years since the end of the World War I which came about with the sign­ing of the armistice on Novem­ber 1918 and it is Remembrance Sun­day.

This day is com­mem­o­rated on the sec­ond Sun­day of Novem­ber, re­gard­less of the date it falls on.

Since that fate­ful day which spelt vic­tory for Al­lies, the King­dom of Eswa­tini has com­mem­o­rated the day by hon­our­ing fallen sol­diers who took part in past wars as well as vet­er­ans of dif­fer­ent op­er­a­tions still liv­ing.

This morn­ing, sol­diers and their fam­i­lies will be recog­nised dur­ing a mo­ment of si­lence as well as odes of remembrance.

Two min­utes of si­lence will be ob­served at the Um­butfo Eswa­tini De­fence Force (UEDF) Head­quar­ters in Bethany, also known as Nok­wane. As such, guests have to be seated by then in or­der to ob­serve the com­mem­o­ra­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to the UK pub­li­ca­tion the In­de­pen­dent, the agree­ment be­tween the Al­lies and a van­quished Ger­many re­quired the lat­ter to leave all oc­cu­pied ter­ri­to­ries in Western Europe within two weeks and sur­ren­der 5 000 guns, 25 000 ma­chine guns and 1 700 planes.

This led to the vic­tory which was cel­e­brated for three days. Lo­cally, ex­pected at the cer­e­mony will be the prime min­is­ter, mem­bers of the diplo­matic corps, fam­ily and friends of fallen sol­diers as well as vet­er­ans.

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