media statement 2008

MEDIA INVITATION BY DEPARTMENT OF DEFENCE HEADQUARTERS

INVITATION TO ATTEND THE SOUTH AFRICAN NATIONAL DEFENCE FORCE PARTICIPATION IN THE NATIONAL CIVIC REMEMBRANCE DAY SERVICE AND PARADE; 09 NOVEMBER 2008


Date of Release: Thursday 06 November 2008
Embargo: None

The annual National Civic Remembrance Day Service and Parade will take place on Sunday 9 November 2008 at the Cenotaph, Harrison Street, Johannesburg. With this event the City of Johannesburg will pay tribute to the South Africans who lost their lives in honor of South Africa.

The Executive Mayor of Johannesburg, Councilor Amos Masondo, will be the main functionary, while Major General Vusi Masondo, the Chief of the SA Army Force Preparation, will represent the SA Army.
The parade will start with the trooping of various bands and then the marching columns will march past the Cenotaph. Thereafter the Remembrance Day Service and wreath laying ceremony will take place.

The streets of Johannesburg will come to a standstill when a colorful marching parade passes through the streets. The parade will consist of the SANDF Regular and Reserve Forces elements, SAPS, JHB Metro Police Detachments, JHB Emergency Services Detachments, Ex-Service organisations including the Gunners Association, Ex MK, APLA, AZANLA, SA Infantry Association, Royal Naval Association and SA Air Force Association, element of the Youth Volunteer Organisations viz. SA Red Cross, Noodhulpliga, Boys Scouts, Girl Guides, School children and Fire Engines with lights covered with black cloths.

This year marks the 90th anniversary of the Battle of Square Hill where members of the SA Cape Corps took part as well the 90th anniversary of the Armistice Day when peace was declared at end World War 1.

You are cordially invited to send a reporter or a cameraperson to cover the National Civic Remembrance Day Service and Parade on Sunday, 9 November at the Cenotaph in Harrison Street, Johannesburg 2008 at 13:45 for 14:00.

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