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2011-11-07: Remembrance Sunday salutes families of the fallen

TRIBUTE will be paid to the families of military veterans during the National Remembrance Sunday event to be held on Sunday, 13 November 2011, at the Cenotaph in Harrison Street.   

Thoughts will turn to the pain and destruction of war, which affected not only the ex-combatants, but also their families who are left behind, and the many who have lost loved-ones and bread-winners.     

National Civic Remembrance Sunday honours all South Africans who made the supreme sacrifice for their country in wars and conflict, including the struggle for democracy.  The commemoration in Johannesburg is the largest of its kind in South Africa, and links with Remembrance Day events held in many countries of the world.   

National Remembrance Sunday will open with a march-past the Cenotaph in Harrison Street, featuring veterans' organisations and military bands, supported by the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), and with hundreds of marchers in the parade.  This will be followed by an inter-faith religious service to be led by the Chaplain General Marius Cornelissen.   

As part of the Service, wreaths will be laid by senior SANDF officers, diplomats, civic dignitaries, a large variety of ex-service organisations, and youth groups.  The wreath-laying will be led by the Executive Mayor, Cllr. Parks Tau, laying the first wreath on behalf of the City of Johannesburg.   

Loose flowers will be available free of charge for members of the audience to lay in memory of the loved ones who lost their lives in wars and conflict, including the struggle for democracy.  The event will start at 14: 30 and is open to members of the media and the community at large.   

Issued on behalf of:
Executive Mayor's Office 
City of Johannesburg

Issued by:
Nthatisi Modingoane
Deputy Director: Communications
Tel: (011) 407 7354
Fax: 403 3494
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