“Wreath laid at SS Mendi Memorial”
Article by: Captain Jacques de Vries
Photograph by: Regine Lord
Armed Forces Day – held annually on 21 February on the historic date of the loss of the troopship Mendi, proceeded this year in Durban, and did immense justice to the loss of the men on the SS Mendi where the President of the Republic of South Africa unveiled a Mendi Stone of Remembrance at the Port Natal Maritime Museum. While memorials to the Mendi stand at numerous locations across the country, principal commemorations took place at the Avalon Cemetery Mendi memorial on 25 February, the Gamothakga Resort Mendi memorial in Atteridgeville and the University of Cape Town (UCT) lower campus Mendi memorial on 26 February respectively.
Published in the Smoking Gun, Issue no. 1 of 2017.