The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) together with the United Nations (UN) commemorated International Day of United Nations
Peacekeepers in Bloemfontein, De Burg Military Base on Wednesday Morning.
The families of those who have lost their loved ones during the process of establishment of the UN were invited to the Memorial event. The day was designated the International day of United Nations peacekeepers by the General assembly. It is the date when in 1948 the first UN peacekeeping mission named the “United Nations Truce
On this day they pay tribute to the professionalism, dedication and courage of all the men and women serving in UN peacekeeping operations and honour the memory of those who have lost their lives in the cause of peace. They held solemn events to honour the fallen peacekeepers.
Colonal Kenneth Masieu briefed the purpose of the Day to the families who lost their loved ones. “colleagues and friends are able to connect with our loved ones, Generations will be able to come in this memorial place and land of our important day that our heroes were part of and will continue to be part of” said the Colonal. He added that the best way to remember our fallen heroes is to hold this kind of memorial service with the purpose of paying tribute for a life
Brigade General Monwabisi Jamangile dedicated special message to the families of those who lost their loved ones saying It is a special breed for a person, to dedicate their lives to protect and defend the life of others. “Today when I look at you all, I’m reminded of the following words – life breaks us all but by the grace of God we are strong in broken places” said the General, adding that “We salute today our brave soldiers, your brave spirits and the boldness of your strategies of defence”.
Families expressed their feelings about the Memorial day for their loved ones. “We really thank South African National Defence Force for honouring our husbands and hounoring our families, it shows that regardless of what happened they loved and adore our heroes and they will be forever remembered” said families representatives Nozuko Ngaleka.
South African National Defence Force Chief General Solly Shoke laid the flower on behalf of The President of republic of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa.