9 November 2018

South Africa: SA Attends WWI Centenary Commemorations

Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula will today attend the centenary commemoration of Armistice Day in Paris, France.

She will be representing South Africa on behalf of President Cyril Ramaphosa.

The celebrations commemorate the signing of the armistice between the allies and Germany at 11am on 11 November 1918 - the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.

This effectively ended World War 1 on the Western Front.

This year's Armistice Day coincides with Remembrance Sunday for its centenary, the latter always held on the second Sunday in November, regardless of the date.

Remembrance Day is a memorial day observed in honour of those who died in the two World Wars.

Mapisa-Nqakula will also participate in the first Paris Peace Forum to be held from Sunday.

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