Chaplain of the Air Command, Padre Arrie Burt, asked those assembled at Sunday’s SAAF Memorial Service at the Air Force Memorial the question, why have a memorial service?
The service on Bays Hill, Pretoria, which was covered by Digital Jounral, Burt gave four reasons. “To see the value of our predecessors, their determination to stand for a particular value; to honour their bravery and even in some instances, those who paid the ultimate price.” In third place he put the heritage they bequeathed us. “The fourth one I could say to look forward with the past as our pride”, he said. The padre concluded: “To be good and to be successful, we cannot ignore the past. To build on the good that was entrusted to us, to keep it as a memory. To realise that we cannot stop here, that we can never be stationary in life. We are learning from the past, or making sure that our future is then secure.”
Two Agusta Westland A-109 helicopters of flew the SAAF banner for the Salute Flight.
A tight formation flight of four Cessna 208 Caravans from 41 Squadron performed a flypast over the Memorial to end the two minutes’ silence.
Wreaths were laid by, among others, Chief of the Air Force, Lieutenant General Carlo Gagiano, Canada’s military attaché, Sergeant C.S. Radcliff, Britain’s Air Adviser, RANK C.T. Mitchell, South Korea’s Defence Attaché, Commander S. H. Ahn.