These photographs were taken on 19 February 2012 by Christopher Szabo and are used with his permission. The occasion was the annual wreath laying service held on the 19th of February to Honour the Men of the Mendi. The Memorial can be found at the Ga-Mothakga Recreation Resort, in Pitse and Tlou Street, Atteridgeville, (25 45,771S 28 04,056E).
The memorial, with its poignant figurine by Phil Minaar is a simple yet effective structure, and it encompasses the many servicemen who know no grave but the sea. It was originally intended to unveil the memorial on 18 February 1996, but bad weather caused this date to be moved to 24 March 1996. The bronze statue is of the upper part of a soldier standing with one hand on the rail of a sinking ship, his other and hand and eyes are stretched upwards.
More information on the 2012 Parade at this memorial may be found at The Digital Journal entry by Christopher Szabo.
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