Candidate Officer M. Lynn
A memorial service in honour of South African Air Force
soldiers who lost their lives in active service, was held on
9 May 2008 at Air Force Base (AFB) Langebaanweg. This day
marks the remembrance of all those who laid down their lives
fighting with courage and dedication over the past decades
to advance the historic mission of the Republic of South
Africa and to defend the state and its territory.
In the First World War 8 551 South Africans were killed in
action and in the Second World War 6 187 South Africans lost
their lives as a direct result of active service. At the
conclusion of these wars the South African Air Force (SAAF)
had lost more than 2000 of its members in the battlefield.
In his sermon on “Hope in times of despair,” Chaplain Z.O.
Madlala encouraged all uniformed members to continue to be
loyal members of the South African National Defence Force by
upholding and embracing their norms and values. He also
emphasized the importance of placing their energies and
skills at the disposal of the organization effectively and
optimally towards making the SAAF an even more effective
instrument of Air Power Excellence.
In conclusion of the formalities representatives of military
units and sections, in and around AFB Langebaanweg, paid
their respects in a wreath-laying ceremony. It was most
appropriate that the newly painted Harvard gate guard was
used as background to the memorial service.
To all those who lost their lives in service of the South
African Air Force, your country salutes you.