Kenya Defence Forces led by Major General Rashid Elmi joined other Commonwealth Country representatives for a Commonwealth War Remembrance Service held at the Nairobi Commonwealth War Cemetery, off Ngong road on Sunday, 08 November 2020.
The Commemoration Service is held every second Sunday of November in Member States of the Commonwealth of Nations to celebrate members of the Defence Forces who paid the ultimate sacrifice in line of duty.
In a tribute, the Deputy High Commissioner to Kenya Mr. Julius Court remembered the men and women who risked their lives to protect other noting that the celebrations serve as a reminder of the importance of peace which our security agencies are fighting for at the frontlines.
“Today we remember the fallen heroes, men and women who risked their lives to protect others. They fought with courage and sense of honour and duty. But above all, they fought to ensure that generations to come would live under peace. But we also remember, in no less, those non-combatants who lost their lives. Their names are forever a part of our history,” said Mr. Court.
He lauded KDF’s collaboration with the British government in the fight against terrorism and extremism within Kenya and the ongoing fight against Al-Shaabab in neighbouring Somalia.
The ceremony saw commonwealth country representatives, current and ex-members of the Armed Forces and World War veterans lay wreaths at the memorial cemetery and observed a two-minute of silence in remembrance of those who died in war.
In attendance were Deputy Commander Kenya Air Force Brigadier John Omenda, Artillery Commander Brigadier David Tarus, Defence Headquarters Chief of Infrastructure Brigadier Dennis Kamuri, Common Wealth Country representatives, Defence Attachés, Senior Military Officers, Officers, World War II veterans and their families among other invited guests.