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2018-10-30 06:02

The Armistice Month sunset march will take place on Sunday 4 November in Fish Hoek.

The planned march, starting at 16:30, serves to commemorate the Armistice which marks 100 years since the final day of the First World War, in which more than 1.2 million British and Commonwealth armed forces personnel lost their lives.

Bev Frieslich, Rotary Club Cape of Good Hope secretary, says this memorial service enables people to express their gratitude to those who made the ultimate sacrifice, and to recognise those who rebuilt a better nation from its darkest hour

“The agreement to end the ‘war to end all wars’ was signed by German, French and British representatives, at 05:00 on the morning of 11 November 1918, but the actual Armistice began six hours later at 11:00. Some countries have officially declared 11 November Armistice Day, while others call it Remembrance Day or Veterans’ Day,” says Frieslich.

The Memorable Order of Tin Hats (Moth) Battledress Shellhole in Fish Hoek will be commemorating the centenary of the Armistice and the 100+ years since the sinking of the SS Mendi.

This will be in conjunction with the Fish Hoek Council, celebrating the centenary of Fish Hoek Town.

The first sale of plots in the town of Fish Hoek, which was previously “crown land” granted by Lord Charles Somerset to Andries Bruins in 1818, took place on 24 April 1918.

The public is invited to attend the Moth sunset parade to commemorate these three auspicious occasions.

The parade will fall in on the 2nd Avenue car park at 16:30 and proceed behind the Cape Town Caledonian Pipe Band down Recreation Road, into the Main Road, around the traffic circle, and will enter the Garden of Remembrance by the Outspan gate.

They will be followed by personnel and vehicles representing various service and emergency organisations.

Guests are invited to support this historical event and be seated in the Garden of Remembrance by 16:30, with the service and wreath laying commencing at 17:00

Refreshments will be served in the Moth Hall after the event.

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