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Fallen heroes honoured on Remembrance Day

A rainy day could not deter the Memorable Order of Tin Hats (MOTHs) from hosting their remembrance day commemoration service.

The ceremony took place on 8 November at the Whale House in Hermanus. Various people, including Elnora Gillion, Deputy Mayor of Overstrand Municipality, laid wreaths to honour the fallen heroes.

Chaplain Mark Robson, who opened the ceremony with a prayer, described the service as an opportunity to come together to remember people with amazing courage and amazing hearts. “I chose the scripture that speaks worlds from what we are remembering here,” he said.

“It comes from John 15 verse 13 that reads ‘Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.’ When I think of this I think of the Lord that gave his life for everyone, not only his friends. We stand here this morning and we remember those from the first world war that gave their lives up in courage.

“They sacrificed their lives for their friends, the people that fought with them, but they also gave up their lives for other people. They sacrificed their lives, the ultimate sacrifice, so that others may live.”

Robson also played various hymns on his bagpipes during the ceremony. A short hymn “Abide with me” was sung after this and then everyone stood up for two minutes of silence referred to as the “Last Post”.

All of the MOTHs members in their uniforms saluted as a sign of respect.

Moth Peter Goldie opened up the wreath laying ceremony by allowing deputy mayor Gillion to lay the first wreath. Guests who came to pay respects for the fallen heroes stood up one by one to lay their wreaths.

Just as the ceremony ended the weather started to clear up a bit and guests had the opportunity to lay wreaths in front of the cenotaph.

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