The Executive Mayor of the City of Johannesburg, Cllr. Herman Mashaba, will host the National Remembrance Sunday Service at the Cenotaph, Harrison Street, on 11 November 2018 at 14h00.
This year’s Remembrance Sunday service is especially significant, as it marks the Centenary of the signing of armistice 100 years ago ending World War 1, which was commonly known as “the War to end all Wars”. Sadly, the dream of a world without war never came true, and within 21 years of the end of the World War 1, the Second World War broke out in 1939.
The 2018 service will also mark the centenary of the Battle of Square Hill in Palestine, where soldiers of the Cape Corps distinguished themselves in battle against Turkish forces loyal to Germany.
The Remembrance Sunday commemoration will open with a march-past the Cenotaph, with hundreds of civic marchers in the parade, along with military bands, veterans’ organisations and youth groups, and supported by the South African National Defence Force (SANDF).
An inter-faith religious service will be led by the Rev. Trevor Slade, an inter-denominational minister from the South African Air Force Association. Then comes a wreath-laying ceremony, with the first wreath to be laid by Mayor Herman Mashaba, followed by other civic dignitaries, senior SANDF officials, ex-service organizations, diplomatic representatives and youth groups. Members of the public will be given the opportunity to lay a flower as well.
The event is open to members of the media and the community at large.