'South Africans have every reason to observe Remembrance Day'

Today is Remembrance Day (or Poppy Day) – a memorial day observed since the end of the First World War to remember the members of the armed forces who fought in the line of duty.

Remembrance Day is observed on 11 November to recall the end of hostilities of World War I on this day in 1918.

Colonel Lionel Crook of the South African Legion said there were at least 18 500 South African casualties in World War I.

Listen to the full conversation from The Pippa Hudson Show:

I think there's a great necessity to remember those who lost their lives. We have South Africans buried across the world and other memorial sites in their honour.

Lionel Crook, Colonel at the South African Legion

Hostilities officially ended in accordance with the armistice signed by representatives of Germany and the Entente.

The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month is when the treaty came into effect and signals the point where guns fell silent and World War I ended.


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