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Saturday, September 26, 2020
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    Lest we forget the fallen soldiers

    Let us not make ourselves believe that this is part and parcel of a world far away in another country.

    Armistice. A word that epitomises peace, truce, cease fire and more such terminologies not meaning anything and or little for millions of people around the world that are encircled in ethnic wars and genocide.
    Are we therefore not turning the so called “blind eye” to the conflict situations where maiming, torture and death are part of everyday life for men, women and children trapped in a vicious daily existence and survival?
    Let us not make ourselves believe that this is part and parcel of a world far away in another country. Living our lives, day to day, in a euphoria that this does not have any impact on our so called idyllic lives.
    The evidence of our living in the RSA is on par with those occurrences in our neighbouring states as well as those thousands upon thousands of kilometres away from us.
    Is 11 of November, Armistice day, still despite everything, a day to remember those that paid the highest price for one’s country?
    The answer must be, unquestionably, yes.
    This exclusive and significant day and hour, 11 November at 11:00, is an ambiguous reminder not only to the families with the knowledge of a loved one’s death on the battlefield but also to those who returned from the campaign, maimed and bearing physical and psychological scars.
    For the men, women and children, our fellow citizens, a remembrance of the cruelty we encounter from day to day in our beloved country.
    But on behalf of our youth, that they may witness the futility of conflict.
    This year’s Armistice day (poppy day) will be held at the Mukumbura Shellhole in Secunda on Saturday 10 November at 10:30.
    Aart Reedijk

    Lest we forget the fallen soldiers