Monday, May 31, 2010

South Africans experience severe memory loss

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31 May 2010, went by without any celebrations taking place in the country. Besides Republic Day, which ceased to be remembered and celebrated when the country was given away on a platter in 1994, the Boers did not even bother to honour their fallen heroes of the
Second Boer War, which was fought from 11 October 1899 until 31 May 1902. As pointed out by an Australian visitor to this blog, the Australians remembered their fallen heroes on 31 May. He was reminded of this while listening to his radio. Here in South Africa, -- oh well never mind, you get my point!

Besides the fact that South Africans are preoccupied with the Soccer World Cup at this very moment, it appears that if their calendars or diaries do not remind them of a significant date or event from their past heritage, it is simply overlooked without much concern. If the remembrance-dates are not diarized year after year, it is eventually forgotten and totally wiped from memory. What a sad state of affairs, when too much sport leads to severe memory loss, -- and eventually brain damage!

Here follows today’s Australian article:

Boer War remembered

By Wendy Spooner 31 May, 2010 04:00 AM

A BOER War Commemorative Service was held in Marius St yesterday as part of a push to see a Boer War memorial built in Canberra.

Tamworth RSL Sub-branch president Barry Follington, who had only taken over the role that morning, oversaw a moving midday commemoration ceremony.

Mr Follington spoke first, followed by the Sub-branch chaplain, Fr Tom Shanahan.

Dignitaries who attended and laid wreaths at the foot of the impressive Boer War memorial (made of marble) included Member for Tamworth Peter Draper and Bruce Seymour, a representative of the 12/16th 24th Light Horse Old Boys Association.

Mr Follington also laid a wreath on behalf of the Tamworth RSL Sub-branch; it had flowers representing South Africa.

At least two other wreaths were laid by Tamworth citizens to commemorate their Tamworth forebears who fought in the war – one by Audrey Cross earlier in the week, in memory of George Albert Lye.

Margaret Dewson sounded the Last Post, while a lone piper, Gordon McKnight, also played a plaintive tune.

Mr Follington recited the Ode of Remembrance.

In his general speech, he said: “The Boer War was the first conflict in which Australian forces were involved as a nation. After Federation in 1901, our new Federal Government sent an identified Australian contingent to fight with Commonwealth troops; however, Australians were fighting with the British from the beginning and, on October 24, 1899, just a fortnight after war broke out, the first contingent of Tamworth recruits left here by train.”


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Laager said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

December 16th is the day when the Boere remember - Vegkop, Kaipan, massacre by Dingaan, Bloukrans, Blood River. I know they gather at Blood River and I think also at the Vroue Monument in Bloemfontein.

May 31st has always been a day of celebration. I know. I participated in the first Republic Festival Military parade at the Voortrekker Monument in 1966. In the evening we were seated in the packed outdoor amphitheatre listening to Hendrik Verwoerd. Unfortunately I was still too young and politically naive to understand what he talked about

Today on May 31st there is little for the the Boere or the white man to celebrate.

By contrast, the English have very muted November 11th Rememberance services as their WWI and WWII survivors gradually dwindle away

Tia Mysoa said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

“Today on May 31st there is little for the Boere or the white man to celebrate..” – My sentiments exactly!

Next year, on 31 MEI 2011 the Afrikaner Volksraad (House of Assembly) will be officially established. President Zuma has already given the go-ahead, during a meeting that took place on 11 March 2010! The members of this assembly will be elected on 20 and 21 May 2011. They are busy compiling a “Volksregister” as we speak! It is from this register that they plan on appointing a “Boervolk Board of Representatives” in every province. Note that the emphasis is on “BOER” – not half Boer or half Afrikaner, or half-Brit, half-Boer.

Will this “Volksraad” accept half-British, half-Boer White males into their ranks, -- white males who fought side by side with the Boer? I strongly doubt it! They say they do, but there are certain conditions which basically amount to the fact that you MUST be 100 percent Boer!

They cannot even trust the Boer traitor enemies within their own ranks. Why will they then trust an English-speaking South African whose forefathers were also part of the Great Trek?

The date 31 May was again chosen, because it is symbolically connected to British victory over the Boers. The choice of date goes beyond all logic and reason!

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