Already, the first half of 2021 is now behind us. As an organisation, we continue to grow and we have 2,229 members living in 30 countries across our 4 Time Zones where members have chosen to call home.
COVID continues to challenge the occasions we, as Veterans, like to network, enjoy good fellowship and to remember our fellow servicemen and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice. Whilst we live with this situation, we recommended that members approach their local RSL, RSA or other Veteran host organisations and join in locally and participate within their guidelines. We also wish you good health, as well as your family members.
Other memorial days that are taking place this third Quarter of 2021, include the following;
Boshoed Dag – Globally
26th August each year
This is a SAMVOINT initiative, created by one of our USA Members where we remember our Border War colleagues on the 26thAugust, which is the day the war started.
Wear a piece of clothing, or bush hat, or dog tags and think about your time in service to your country and especially those who never made it through.
Remembrance Sunday Memorial Service – Globally
Closest Sunday to 11th November each year. In the USA, this is Veterans Day.
Zoom "Virtual" presentations - First Thursday of every month
The Zoom “Virtual” presentations on the first Thursday of every month are proving to be a huge success. We realise that our start time in Australia will not suit everyone, especially those in South Africa, Europe and the Americas, but, as a SAMVOINT Member, you can register your request for a recording, which you can enjoy watching in your own time. Having said that, we are gratified to have so many regular members from Time Zones, other that Australia / New Zealand.
For your information: The times:
Unfortunately, we are all getting older and some of our members are starting to pass away. Being ex-Pats and living far from our original roots, loved ones and dear friends who we have known for many years, the passing of a Veteran, of family member, is a very sad and potentially isolating situation for those left behind. In addition, Members may wish to have a military veteran funeral. Please be aware that SAMVOINT has a number of Chaplains, as well as guidelines in support of deceased member funerals. We also have Peer Support teams who can offer support during the bereavement process and beyond. Please talk to your Regional Chairman about your wishes and he / she will escalate this to ensure that your wishes are met.
Please note that SAMVOINT is run entirely by volunteers, who give of their time in service to our Veterans. Although I am resident in Melbourne, Australia, please free to catch up with me at any time.
On behalf of the Executive, I wish you good health and happiness for the rest of 2021.
The South African Military Veterans Organisation International (SAMVOINT) is an ex-servicemen / women's organisation comprising Military and Police Veterans who were called up or who volunteered to serve their country, South Africa, in the SADF / SANDF, SAP / SAPS, or the South African Correctional Services, and who now reside in and outside of South Africa.
There can be no doubt that we proudly served in the best defence force that Africa has ever seen.
This Veteran Organisation dedicates itself, in grateful recognition and memory of their countrymen, the Immortal Dead of South Africa, who, at the call of Duty, made the supreme Sacrifice on the battlefields of Africa, Asia and Europe, on land, at sea and in the air.
ENDURING VALOUR AWARDS
The Honoris Crux was awarded for bravery in dangerous circumstances.
Their are four classes of Honoris Crux:
- The Honoris Crux Diamond
- The Honoris Crux Gold
- The Honoris Crux Silver
- The Honoris Crux
Together these replace the Honoris Crux of 1952 and is regarded in the same light as the Victoria Cross
The Border War
The South African Border War, commonly referred to as the Angolan Bush War in South Africa, was a conflict that took place from 1966 to 1989 in South-West Africa (now Namibia) and Angola between South Africa and its allied forces (mainly UNITA) on the one side and the Angolan Armed Forces (FAPLA), South-West Africa People’s Organisation (SWAPO), and their allies – mainly Cuba – on the other. It was closely intertwined with the Angolan Civil War and the Namibian War of Independence.