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.
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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 oiler, SAS Tafelberg, in the South Atlantic.
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- 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.
- 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!
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!
Britain’s Largest and Longest Running Anzac Ceremony, Cannock Chase.
Some interesting links on the Parade:
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.