Hundreds of people across Johannesburg gathered to honour war heroes on Sunday, 11 November 2018, to remember the sacrifice they made for their country.
People lined the City streets to watch as the parade made its way to the Cenotaph, Beyers Naude Square in the Johannesburg CBD to celebrate Armistice Day 2018. It marks 100 years since the Armistice was signed and the end of the First World War.
Armed and unarmed uniformed groups were on parade, including the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), the South African Police Service, the JMPD, the Johannesburg Emergency Management Services, the military bands, the military veterans’ organisations and the Boy Scouts and Girl Guides groups.
A two-minute silence was observed during an inter-faith religious service, which was led by the Reverend Trevor Slade, an inter-denominational minister from the South African Air Force Association.
The crowds fell silent as wreaths were laid at the cenotaph by a number of dignitaries, including the City of Johannesburg Executive Mayor, Cllr Herman Mashaba, Speaker of Council Cllr Vasco da Gama and representatives of organisations including the SANDF senior officials, military veterans and members of the diplomatic corps.
The 2018 service also marked the centenary of the Battle of Square Hill in Palestine, where soldiers of the Cape Corps distinguished themselves in the battle against Turkish forces loyal to Germany.