Fallen comrades remembered with Poppy Wall

Denton Estment, Rick Andriès (provincial chairman), Peter Swindell (Durban branch president), Godfrey Giles (national president) and Nigel Baker.

WITH the aim of creating a memorial to remember those who have passed on and promote the hope for peace for the future, a Poppy Wall was created with plastic bottles collected by members of the public and used by the SA Legion during the Comrades 2017.

The SA Legion of Military Veterans is a charitable organisation formed in 1921. Its purpose is to assist and support South African military veterans and their families who have fallen on hard times. The Comrades Marathon and the remembrance poppy share a unique moment of conception.

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When Vic Clapham returned from military service in 1918, he set out to create a memorial to those South Africans who died on the battlefields. His dream was a foot race between the cities of Pietermaritzburg and Durban. After three years of endeavour, his dream materialised when the first Comrades Marathon was staged in 1921.

SA Legion will be continuing with this project for next year’s Comrades Marathon and are encouraging the public to help them collect more bottles. For more information, email salegiondbn@telkomsa.net or call 031 205 0578.

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