Remembrance Sunday - a centenary commemoration
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.