“2019 SS Mendi Parade”
Article by: Gillian Morgenrood
Photos by: Regine Lord
Commemorating the tragic sinking of the SS Mendi troopship in the English Channel on 21st February 1917, a fairly well attended memorial parade on the 24th February 2019, especially after the same memorial parade was held on the 21st February 2019, where our President Cyril Ramaphosa laid a wreath.
It was great to see a host of CGA members at the memorial parade, namely, Acting Officer Command Capt Leon Carstens, RSM WO1 Elroy Stroebel, Pipe Major S/Sgt Tony Reis and Pipe Sgt Mogamat Opperman. Capt (Ret) Bruce Risien acted as the Master of Ceremonies with Padre Pierre Roux conducting the religious ceremony, and CGA Pipe Sgt Opperman contributed by piping the lament for the wreath laying ceremony.
Published in the Smoking Gun, Issue 1 of 2019.