#Kenya prepares to commemorate the end of World War I

Notification of the 2018
Remembrance Events in Kenya.

In November Kenya will commemorate 100 years since the end of the First World War. This is an event that is being commemorated not only in Kenya but Worldwide.

One million out of the then population of four million Kenyans were somehow involved in the First World War in East Africa.

Armistice Day & Remembrance Sunday

Armistice Day is commemorated every year on 11th November to mark the armistice or truce ending the hostilities of the First World War in Europe. The Armistice was signed at Compiègne in France and took effect at the "eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month" of 1918.

Remembrance Sunday is a day "to commemorate the contribution of British and Commonwealth military and civilian servicemen and women in the two World Wars and later conflicts". It is held on the second Sunday in November, nearest to Armistice Day. Remembrance Sunday is marked by ceremonies at local war memorials and usually attended by civic dignitaries, ex-servicemen and women, members of local armed forces, regular and reserve units and youth organizations. Wreaths of remembrance poppies are laid on the memorials and two minutes silence is held at 11 a.m. Church bells are usually rung half-muffled, creating a somber effect.
This year Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday fall on the same day.

Services of Remembrance will be held in Kenya on:

10th November 2018

Muthaiga Club War Memorial

11th November 2018

CWGC Nairobi South Cemetery at 08:00am
CWGC Ngong Road Cemetery at 11:00am
CWGC Nanyuki Cemetery at 11:00am
CWGC Gilgil Cemetery at 11:00am
CWGC Mbaraki Cemetery – Mombasa at 11:00am

One is requested to be in position 30min prior to the service starting and not move around during the service.

Commemoration marking the ending of the
East African Campaign of WW1

The First World War in East Africa ended 14 days after the armistice in Europe as the German General Von Lettow -Vorbeck did initially not believe the British when they sent a message telling him to lay down his arms.

23rd November 2018

In the afternoon there will be a briefing on the history of the East African Campaign followed by a Service of Remembrance at Voi CWGC Cemetery. In the evening the official opening of the refurbished WW1 display at the Sarova Taita Hills Lodge will take place.

24th November 2018

A series of events including Services of Remembrance at CWGC Maktau Indian Memorial, Taveta Military Cemetery, followed by a Military Parade in Taveta.

For further information about the Taita events please contact the team at the Tsavo Heritage Foundation

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