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THE SADF WALL OF REMEMBRANCE COMMEMORATIVE SERVICE
Pretoria, 19 May 2014. The annual commemorative service at the SADF Wall of Remembrance at the Voortrekker Monument Heritage Site, will be held on Sunday, 25 May 2014. The proceedings will start at 09h00 for 09h30, and according to all indications it will once again be attended by hundreds of interested persons.
Provided that certain outstanding actions can be completed in time, the unveiling of the SA Defence Force Memorial, also known as the Troopie Statue, which will be moved from Fort Klapperkop to the Voortrekker Monument Heritage Site, will also take place. A special granite panel will also be unveiled in honour of the families, especially the women and children, of the members of the SA Defence Force who served the country between 1961 and 1994.
The SADF Wall of Remembrance was inaugurated during a moving wreath-laying ceremony on 25 October 2009. This was attended by many family members of those persons who lost their lives during the period from 31 May 1961 (declaration of the Republic) to 27 April 1994 (the date on which the SADF was incorporated into the new SA National Defence Force). The ceremony has been continued annually thereafter, with approximately one hundred wreaths being laid and crosses planted every year.
An inclusive approach is being followed regarding the names appearing on the Wall of Remembrance. That means that not only the names of persons who died during military operations are included, but also those that served in the SADF during that time who died under other qualifying circumstances. According to Major General Gert Opperman, the Managing Director of the Heritage Foundation, reasons for the inclusion of somebody’s name are considered, rather than that for exclusion. “We believe that this can be a great way to promote cohesion, and it also helps the families find closure”, he says.
Families and friends of deceased members and interested members of the public have been invited to attend the commerative service on 25 May, and to lay a wreath or plant a cross in memory of their loved ones.
The annual commemorative service which was held during September at Fort Klapperkop, will henceforth be integrated with abovementioned service at the SADF Wall of Remembrance. No further commemorative services will therefore be held at Fort Klapperkop.
GENL-MAJ (RET) GN OPPERMAN
THE HERITAGE FOUNDATION
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