Annual War Commemoration Service at the Bellville Cenotaph (2017)

On Sunday, 20 August 2017, the Annual War Commemoration Service was held at the Civic Centre in Voortrekker Road, Bellville. It was arranged by the Bomb Alley Shellhole (BASH) of the Memorable Order of Tin Hats, in conjunction with Sub-Council 5.

I had never attended this parade before. Apparently, it is a fairly recent event, and has only been going for 4 to 5 years. A couple of friendly chaps from the Signals Association had sent me an invitation, so this time I knew about it beforehand. When I arrived, I was pleased to see some familiar friendly faces. One of my favourite parts of these events is re-connecting with friends and acquaintances, catching up with each other’s lives, and getting to know new people. 🙂

Before the event began, I walked over to the cenotaph for a closer look, as I hadn’t seen this one before. I was told that it had only recently been moved to its current location, directly in front of the entrance to the Bellville Civic Centre. In previous years, it had stood a few metres to the left, on a patch of grass crossed by a footpath. Its present location, right in front of the giant imposing clock tower (whose clock, sadly, is no longer working), is clearly far more suitable for parades. It also meant that the chairs for the dignitaries and invited guests could be set up underneath the awning, at the main entrance to the Civic Centre – providing much-appreciated shade on this pleasantly warm day.

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