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Lesotho commemorated the annual Armistice Day at Makoanyane Square in Maseru on Sunday.

The objective of the commemoration was to pay tribute to Basotho soldiers who died in the First and Second world wars of 1914-1918 and 1939-1945.

It commenced with a minute of silence which was preceded by firing of gun at 11:00 hours, the time at which the First World War ended on November 11 in 1918.

It was followed by laying of wreaths led by His Majesty King Letsie III, the Prime Minister, Dr Motsoahae Thomas Thabane, the President of the Senate, the Speaker of the National Assembly, Chief Justice, the Mayor of Maseru, Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) Commander, one of the Ex-soldiers and Heads of Diplomatic Missions in Lesotho who included among others, the Representative of the South African High Commission, Chinese Ambassador to Lesotho, the European Union Ambassador, United Nations Representative and the United Kingdom Consul.

Out of 40 world war veterans who are still alive, 30 of them were present at the occasion.

The event was graced by the presence of Her Majesty Queen 'Masenate Mohato Seeiso

Speaking in an interview with one of the war veterans, Mr. Rabosiu Moseli commended the government for recognising the role they played in serving the country and their contribution in world peace.

He said the commemoration reminded them of the hardships and terrors of war where they lost their colleagues who fell fighting for peace of other nations, urging Lesotho Defence Force members to serve the country wholeheartedly and remain committed to their work.

Meanwhile, LDF Brass Band together with Serumula Choir entertained the public with songs.

Out of over 22,000 Basotho who were in the army, over 1000 soldiers were killed during the war.

Source: LENA 12/11/2017


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