Events

Feb
21
Thu
2019
Freedom Day Parade Netherlands @ Noordwijk Algemene Begraafplaats
Feb 21 @ 08:30 – 11:30
Freedom Day Parade Netherlands @ Noordwijk Algemene Begraafplaats | Noordwijk | South Holland | Netherlands

Provisional programme:

10h00-10h30: Muster in the cemetery car park https://goo.gl/maps/FvLFc3brCVy

10h50: Move in column to SS Mendi graves

10h55: Act of remembrance

11h00: Blast on a Trench Whistle followed by Two Minutes’ silence

11h02: Wreath and flower laying

We will then move to a nearby café (venue to be advised) to raise a glass to the Fallen, and rub shoulders over lunch.

Dress: Legionnaires requested to wear standard Parade Order: see https://www.salegion.org.uk/membership/dress-and-bearing/. Civilian guests are requested to dress to reflect the solemnity of the occasion.

Please feel free to share this far and wide among your friends and other interested parties. It would be useful if they mail their intention to attend to andrewmb@salegion.org.uk

Feb
23
Sat
2019
Three Ships Parade @ Richmond Cenotaph
Feb 23 @ 09:30 – 12:00
Three Ships Parade @ Richmond Cenotaph

Purpose: We remember all this South African navy ships lost at sea through the ages, starting from chronological order:

  • WW1: SS Mendi, which lead to 616 South Africans and 30 crew who lost their lives at sea, in South Africa’s biggest naval loss in history.
  • WW2: HMSAS Southern Floe, was sunk by a mine off Tobruk with the loss of 27 men, with 1 sole survivor, Stoker C J Jones.
  • Post-WW2: SAS President Kruger, President-classType 12 frigate which sank in 1982 with the loss of 16 lives after colliding with her replenishment oilerSAS Tafelberg, in the South Atlantic.
  • (same photo as previous)
  • This day also marks South African Armed Forces Day, which was chosen to coincide with the sinking of the SS Mendi, indicating the impact which the sinking of the SS Mendi has had on a national level, particularly black South Africans. For many black South Africans there has been an awakening of an illustrious heritage, which identifies with the whole South African society. Blacks have equally played a very important role in the defence of this country dating back to the First World War.
England Branch Q1 Committee Meeting and Social @ RBL Club Teddington
Feb 23 @ 12:00 – 17:00
England Branch Q1 Committee Meeting and Social @ RBL Club Teddington | England | United Kingdom
  • Meeting and Social – 135 High St, Teddington TW11 8HH

Purpose: All Branch members are invited to contribute in providing suggestions/feedback, or just listen to the quarterly update. Final event planning will also take place for one of our upcoming flagship events – scheduled two weeks after (Three Ships/Mendi/All Ships Parade & SA Armed Forces Day).

  • Following the committee meeting, our fun quarterly social will commence at 13:30.
  • We would like to invite all Legionnaires to our next quarterly SA Legion Social to join us!
  • An opportunity for fellow Legionnaires to catch up with old friends, connect & forge bonds with new friends… also a chance to direct any questions or suggestions to Committee Members over a nice relaxing beer!
Mar
11
Mon
2019
Commonwealth Day Parade @ Commonwealth Gates Memorial
Mar 11 @ 10:00 – 12:30
Commonwealth Day Parade @ Commonwealth Gates Memorial | England | United Kingdom

Purpose: The annual celebration day for the Commonwealth of Nations, consisting of 52 member states, of which South Africa is a member.

Apr
13
Sat
2019
England Branch Q2 Committee Meeting and Social @ RBL Club Teddington
Apr 13 @ 12:00 – 16:30

Purpose (of committee meeting): All Branch members are invited to contribute in providing suggestions/feedback, or just listen to the quarterly update. Final event planning will also take place for one of our upcoming flagship events – scheduled three weeks after (Nation-building Tribute to three great South African statesmen, coinciding on Freedom Day).

Note: The committee meeting will start at 12:00. Once this formal part of the day is complete, the fun part of the day begins…

Following the committee meeting, our fun QUARTERLY SOCIAL will commence.

We would like to invite all legionnaires to join us for the afternoon at our next quarterly SA Legion Social.

This is an opportunity for fellow legionnaires to catch up with old friends, connect & forge bonds with new friends… also a chance to direct any questions or suggestions to Committee Members over a nice relaxing beer!

Join us!

 

 

Apr
27
Sat
2019
Anzac Ceremony, Cannock Chase @ Cannock Chase
Apr 27 @ 10:00 – 12:00
Nation-Building Tribute @ TBC
Apr 27 @ 10:30 – 12:00
Nation-Building Tribute @ TBC | England | United Kingdom

 

Purpose: In celebrating Freedom Day in South Africa, the South African Legion – England Branch gives tribute to three statesmen whose nation building vision and deeds shaped modern South Africa – Nelson Mandela, Jan Smuts and Mahatma Gandhi, whose statues are all represented on Parliament Square in London as great visionaries of not only South Africa, but also Great Britain and the Commonwealth of Nations.

May
11
Sat
2019
Monte Cassino 75 – National Memorial Arboretum @ National Memorial Arboretum
May 11 @ 10:00 – 12:00
Monte Cassino 75 - National Memorial Arboretum @ National Memorial Arboretum
  • Further details TBC