School does fallen soldiers proud

“AT the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them.”

I have had the considerable privilege over the past week to attend the civic Remembrance Day parade at the Walmer Cenotaph (last Sunday) and the Grey School parade on Wednesday at 11am. Barring a few loudspeaker and protocol sequence glitches, the civic parade was well attended and executed.

For the first time the leader of the opposition laid a wreath as well. NMBM (on behalf of the mayor), regular force, reserve force, Moths, Legionnaire, 31 Battalion, 32 Battalion, 61 Mechanised Battalion, Rhodesia Light Infantry as well as many schools laid wreaths on behalf of fallen comrades, as well as the war wounded ones who we also should not forget.

The cherry on the top was the Grey Remembrance Parade. Well attended by more wreath layers of all organisations than ever, the parade was a fitting tribute to the many who died in service of their country and comrades.

The Grey band, under the competent leadership of Shawn Lyon, played heart-moving background music while wreaths were laid. Never in my 40 years’ involvement in the military have I ever heard a more accurate and moving rendition of the last post and reveille, as executed by Bonga Mosola.

As usual, the Harvard low-level flypast by Stu Davidson was spot on.

To the rector, Grey detachment commander and all involved in this fitting occasion, well done – you did fallen comrades proud.

-Colonel (retired) Ralph van Niekerk,Port Elizabeth

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