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SAMVO dedicates itself, in grateful recognition and memory of their countrymen, the Immortal Dead of South Africa, who, at the call of Duty, made the supreme Sacrifice on the battlefields of Africa, Asia and Europe - on land, at sea and in the air.

Their ideal is our legacy
Their sacrifice our inspiration.
At the going down of the sun,
and in the morning,
we will remember them.


Lest We Forget

SAMVO Veterans, via its global Zones, will endeavour to participate nationally in recognised Memorial Services and Ceremonies, that are particular to the culture, demographics and political acceptance to the Zone represented and in which they reside, notably:

  1. SS Mendi Memorial Service – United Kingdom – Portsmouth / Southampton – around the 21st February each year.

  2. SS Mendi Memorial Service – South Africa - Cape Town and Pretoria around the 21st February each year.

  3. ANZAC Day – Australia and New Zealand and High Commissions - 25th April each year.

  4. SADF Wall of Remembrance in Pretoria – Closest Sunday to end of May each year.

  5. Memorial Day – USA - Closest Sunday to end of May each year.

  6. Anglo-Boer War Memorial Service – Globally – 31st May marks the anniversary of the end of the Boer War.

  7. Delville Wood Memorial Service – France – 14th July each year and in South Africa, in major centres on the closest Sunday to 14th July.

  8. Boshoed Dag – Globally - 26th August each year.

  9. Remembrance Sunday Memorial Service – Globally - Closest Sunday to 11th November each year. In the USA, this is Veterans Day.

Boshoed Day - 26 August


Boshoed Day is on 26 August every year

On this day in 1966, was the recognised start of the South African Border War, which lasted 23 years, 6 months, 3 weeks and 2 days.Please remember the 2,280 members of the SADF who gave their lives in service of their country . 776 of our soldiers were killed in action.

What can we do to commemorate this day?
Wear something SADF related - it can be anything from your boshoed, beret, SAMVOINT badge, corps balkie - anything.

Take a selfie and share/post photos on our Facebook page or email us to upload your snaps to the website.Create awareness of our veterans and especially to honour those who made the supreme sacrifice.

Lest We Forget

Boeshoed Day

Memorial Day/Remembrance Day


One to two minutes of Silence, 11am on 11th November as a sign of respect and a time of reflection.

A woman places a poppy among hundreds of others alongside a makeshift memorial to the 42 Canadian soldiers killed in Afghanistan on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier following Remembrance Day ceremonies in Ottawa Saturday, Nov. 11, 2006. (CP PHOTO/Tom Hanson) CANADA

Remembrance Day (also known as Poppy Day or Armistice Day) is a memorial day observed in Commonwealth countries since the end of World War I to remember the members of their armed forces who have died in the line of duty.

Remembrance Day is observed each year on the 11th of November to recall the official end of World War I on that date in 1918; hostilities formally ended “at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month” of 1918 with the German signing of the Armistice.Over time it has become customary to remember the Fallen by observing a symbolic silence.

Not only soldiers but also civilians are honoured in this way.In South Africa one of the first instances where this tradition was honoured was at a church service in Cape Town. The city was in mourning after the publication of South Africa’s first casualty list from Word War 1 in 1916. A local businessman, Mr. J.A. Eggar, proposed that the congregation at a church service should keep a minute’s silence to honour the Fallen.

At the time it received no publicity.The famous South African author, politician and mining financier, Sir Percy Fitzpatrick, is credited with the idea of a two-minute silence. His eldest son, Major Percy Nugent George Fitzpatrick, was killed in action in Beaumitz, France, in December 1917. On 27 October 1919 Sir Percy, through Lord Milner, the former High Commissioner for South Africa, proposed to King George V that a moment of silence be observed annually on November 11, in honour of the dead of World War 1. On 17 November, King George proclaimed that ‘at the hour when Armistice came into force, the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, there may be for the brief space of two minutes a complete suspension of all our normal activities … so that in perfect stillness, the thoughts of everyone may be concentrated on reverent remembrance of the glorious dead.’The 1st minute of the silence period is in thanksgiving for those who have survived, while the second minute is to remember the Fallen.

SAMVO veterans proudly participate in Remembrance Day services conducted across the country each year, where a SAMVO regional representative lays a wreath on behalf of those who made the Ultimate Sacrifice on the battlefields of Africa, Asia, Europe, in the air and on the sea.

Lest we forget
Remembrance Day

Anniversary of the sinking of the SAS President Kruger:
18 February 1982

Article found on - written by Chris Bennett

SAS President Kruger Sinking.jpg
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