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article imageSouth African Air Force honours its fallen in war and peace Special

Pretoria - The South African Air Force remembered its dead of two world wars and subsequent conflicts as well as others who in peacetime.
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 Memorial Service opens in prayer  as is the custom in the South African National Defence Force.
The Memorial Service opens in prayer, as is the custom in the South African National Defence Force.
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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.
Two Agusta A-109 helicopters from 17 Squadron make up the Salute Flight over the Air Force Memorial.
Two Agusta A-109 helicopters from 17 Squadron make up the Salute Flight over the Air Force Memorial.
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A tight formation flight of four Cessna 208 Caravans from 41 Squadron performed a flypast over the Memorial to end the two minutes’ silence.
Four Cessna 208 Caravans carry out the flypast.
Four Cessna 208 Caravans carry out the flypast.
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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.
One of Canada s military attaches to South Africa  Sergeant C.S. Radcliff.
One of Canada's military attaches to South Africa, Sergeant C.S. Radcliff.
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Chief of the South Africa Air Force  Lt Gen Carlo Gagiano  laid the first wreath
Chief of the South Africa Air Force, Lt Gen Carlo Gagiano, laid the first wreath
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The SAAF Roll of Honour contains some 3 000 names of airmen lost since 1914.
The SAAF Roll of Honour contains some 3,000 names of airmen lost since 1914.
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