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Commemoration Ceremony marking the end of WWII

16 May 2019

Ambassador of Ukraine Taras Kuzmych and Ambassador of Georgia Beka Dvali laid wreaths together with representatives and military attaches of diplomatic missions of France, Portugal, Poland, the USA, and high-level representatives of the South African Defence Force at Freedom Park in Pretoria, to mark the end of WWII.

Freedom Park in Pretoria memorialises the names of the fallen whose lives were lost in the many wars, battles and conflicts. In her welcome remarks Jane Mufumadi, CEO of Freedom Park, explained that every name engraved on the Walls of Remembrance have recorded files.

 

 

 

In his remarks Ambassador of Ukraine Taras Kuzmych said, "The most important outcome of the Second World War should be not the victory but the peace. The Day of Remembrance and Reconciliation, the Day of Victory symbolizes not the triumph of the winners over the defeated, it should be a reminder of the terrible catastrophe and the warning that it is impossible to resolve complex international problems by armed means, ultimatums, aggression, annexation."

Ambassador of Georgia Beka Dvali also paid respect to Georgian soldiers who were killed during World War 2 saying that we should learn from our past mistakes.

Brigadier General Angus Andre Lukes, Deputy Chief of Army Corporate Services also delivered remarks at the ceremony.

 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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