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WATCH: Kimberley Residents Reactions To Armed Forces Day Parade


The Armed Forces Day commemoration drew to a close in style with a traditional gun salute and military parade much to the delight of the Kimberley community. The city came to a standstill as thousands of community members flooded the streets to witness an exciting aviation and military parade.  The Centoph World War Memorial in Du Toitspan Road was at the epicentre of the commemoration where President Cyril Ramaphosa decorated deserving soldiers with gold medals.

Kimberley residents who spoke to SolomonStar Online expressed their joy over the parade:

“I know people complained about it at first but it’s almost a once in a life time experience,” said Ms Elmarie Botha.

Learners were excited at the ample educational opportunities the armed forces had to offer. “A lot of us did not know this much of the army and it like it inspired us to try and apply because we are in matric after all,” said one learner who chose to remain anonymous.

Some community members like Ms Mieke Botha relished at the ample business opportunity the Armed Forces presence had to offer, “I really think it was a nice experience for everything and everyone to come to Kimberley. I think it was a nice business opportunity for everyone to come to Kimberley and see what we have to offer.”

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