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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