CAR dead to be honoured at Free State Remembrance Day parade


This year’s Remembrance Day wreath laying ceremony and parade at 44 Parachute Regiment in Bloemfontein will see the 15 soldiers killed in the Central African Republic (CAR) earlier this year honoured.

A granite tombstone, commemorating the CAR dead, will be unveiled during the parade at 44’s headquarters in the Free State capital on November 11.

Airborne Remembrance Day is an established tradition at 44 Para Regiment to honour the lives of fallen soldiers, not only from the regiment, but across all four arms of service of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF).

SA Army Infantry Formation General Officer Commanding, Major General Lindile Yam, will be the main functionary.

Remembrance services will be held across the country this Sunday with Johannesburg and Cape Town the major ones in Gauteng and the Western Cape. Captain (SAN) Prince Tshabalala of SANDF Corporate Communications said Reserve Force units would be on parade at the Johannesburg service which will take place at the cenotaph in the city’s CBD.

In Mpumalanga the Remembrance Day parade will take place at the White River MOTH Mpumalanga Shellhole followed a day later by Nelspruit’s famous “Shadow March” on the 11th day of the 11th month.