On Sunday 25 October 2015, the Castle of Good Hope in central Cape Town hosted the 73rd anniversary commemoration service of the Second Battle of El Alamein. This annual service was organised by the Cape Town Highlanders regiment, the Cape Western Provincial Dugout of the Memorable Order of Tin Hats (MOTHS), and the Department of Military Veterans.
Tourists who happened to visit the Castle that morning for a guided tour looked on with much curiosity, as the atmosphere suddenly became quite solemn and the service began. The SA Army Band Western Cape, with WO2 Jerome Mecloen conducting, had been playing some beautiful background music to set the scene. During the service, the Army Band and the Drums and Pipes of the Cape Town Highlanders together played the beautiful and melancholic “Highland Cathedral” and “Amazing Grace”.
One of the 25-pounder guns of the Cape Field Artillery’s saluting troop stood on the front parade ground, facing several rows of chairs that had been set up in the shelter of the colonnade. Captain John Manning of the Cape Town Rifles (Dukes) regiment welcomed the invited guests, participants and visitors to the event, and explained the protocol.