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February 2020

SS Mendi Remembrance & Wreath Laying, Noordwijk, The Netherlands

February 21 @ 09:00 - 11:00 GMT
Noordwijk General Cemetery Noordwijk, Zuid Holland 2201TB Netherlands + Google Map

Lest we Forget: In the annals of Southern Africa’s military history, 21 February 1917 is a dark day. It marks the sinking of the troopship SS Mendi after it was rammed off the Isle of Wight, with the loss of 616 South African servicemen, 607 of them members of the South African Native Labour Corps: Zulu, Xhosa, Sotho, Swazi, Tswana; the names on the SS Mendi Roll of Honour reflect every corner of Southern African society who embarked in Cape…

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Three Ships Parade

February 22 @ 09:30 - 12:00 GMT
Richmond Cenotaph, Richmond Cemetery, Grove Road
Richmond, TW10 United Kingdom
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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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March 2020

Commonwealth Day Parade

March 9 @ 10:00 - 12:30 GMT
Commonwealth Memorial Gates, London, Commonwealth Memorial Gates
London, United Kingdom
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Purpose: The annual celebration day for the Commonwealth of Nations, consisting of 52 member states, of which South Africa is a member.

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Parachute Jump – Crossing the Rhine – Operation Varsity 1945

March 26 @ 08:00 - April 3 @ 17:00 GMT
Teuge, Netherlands, Tuege
Tuege, Netherlands
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Training / Retraining / Certification to jump done at Pathfinder Group – Teuge, Netherlands.  Purpose: Ceremony and Parachute Jumps in honour of the Commonwealth and US soldiers who fell during the Battle of Operation Varsity crossing the Rhine Further details TBC

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April 2020

Nation-building Tribute

April 25 @ 09:30 - 12:00 BST
Richmond Cenotaph, Richmond Cemetery, Grove Road
Richmond, TW10 United Kingdom
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Purpose: In celebrating Freedom Day in South Africa, the South African Legion – England Branch, in association with the Royal British Legion – South African 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.

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ANZAC Memorial

April 25 @ 10:00 - 12:00 BST
Cannock Chase, Cannock Chase
Cannock Chase, United Kingdom
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May 2020

SA Legion Spring Social and Family Day

May 10 @ 08:00 - 17:00 BST

Purpose: Informal South African Gathering This will be an informal event hosted by the South African Legion – United Kingdom and Europe A great atmosphere for the whole family and friends for those that are not inclined to attend a formal event. An ideal opportunity for everyone to meet up and have an enjoyable afternoon and evening with a many events , food, drinks, and fun. This event will also present itself as an opportunity to recruit TBC

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Wall of Remembrance Service

May 23 @ 10:00 - 12:00 BST
Richmond Cenotaph, Richmond Cemetery, Grove Road
Richmond, TW10 United Kingdom
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Purpose: Memorial Service for the fallen for Border Operations

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June 2020

UK Founders Day Parade

June 5 @ 10:00 - 12:00 BST
Royal Hospital, Royal Hospital Chelsea
London, United Kingdom
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Purpose: Founder’s Day (also known as Oak Apple Day) is the highlight of the Royal Hospital Chelsea’s calendar, an event attended by all our brethren, the Chelsea Pensioners, celebrating the founding of the Royal Hospital by King Charles II. The event has taken place every year since the founding of the Royal Hospital in 1681

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