First World War Centenary Day

Commemorating the First Shots Fired, the Invasion of British territory and the start of the First World War East African Campaign and the commencement of the Taita Taveta County four years of commemorative activities.

Friday 15th August

Eng. John Murutu

Eng. John Murutu-Governor

Taveta Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery

14:00 Unveiling of a new CWGC Plaque by His Excellency the Governor of Taita Taveta County Engineer John Mruttu.

14:15 Commemorative Remembrance Service

NATIONAL ANTHEM of KENYA (sung by assembled school children)  (Note It is recommended that those in uniform, Officers Commanding military contingents, etc, salute only when the National Anthem is played or sung, and not during the Last Post, Exhortation or Silence)

OPENING PRAYER led by the officiating clergy or a senior member

“Let us commemorate and commend to the loving mercy of our Heavenly Father, the Shepherd of Souls, the Giver of Life Everlasting, those who have died in the service of our country and its cause.”

Buglers sound the “Last Post”

THE EXHORTATION The officiating clergy or a senior member shall recite:

“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old,

Age shall not weary them nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun, and in the morning

We will remember them.”

Response: “We will remember them.”

THE PLACING OF THE WREATHS

1) Governor, Taita Taveta County

2) Kenya Regiment Association Chairman

3) Ex Senior Armed Services Soldier (A member of the Kenya Armed Forces Old Comrades Association

4) Another TBA (Rep of British Legion, or OCPD, KWS)

THE SILENCE

(The Silence may be of one minute or two minutes)

Buglers sound: “Reveille”

DEDICATION by the officiating clergy or a senior member

“When you go home, tell them of us and say, for your tomorrow, we gave our today” (Kohima Epitaph)

Response: “We will not break faith with you.”

PRAYER

“Remember, 0 Lord, all those who have died the death of honour and are departed in the hope of resurrection to Eternal Life, especially the Officers, Men and Women of our Sea, Land and Air Forces, to whom it was given to lay down their lives for the cause of Freedom and Justice.

In that place of light, whence sorrow and mourning are far vanished, give them rest, 0 Lord, the Lover of Men.

Grant this for Thine only Son, Jesus Christ’s sake. Amen

Response Amen.”

The Guard of Honour, provided by the Boy Scouts & Girl Guides with Kenya Wildlife Service Band, will then lead the assembled party, marching to ‘Funga Safari’ , (the Kings African Rifles marching song) to the nearby showground for speeches by invited officials and traditional cultural presentations.

End of service

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SATURDAY 16th AUGUST

No official activities

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SUNDAY 17th AUGUST

Inter-denominational Commemorative Remembrance prayers to be offered throughout Taita Taveta County Lead by two of the earliest inland mission stations Bura Catholic Mission and Mahoo Taveta African Inland Church Candle lit vigil lead by Kasigau Community

Optional tours from Bura Mission through the scenic Taita Hills to Wundanyi and Mwatate.

Optional Tours of the Wundanyi Kino Caves.

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Other Community activities taking place during the weekend.

  • County Football Competition
  • County Rugby Completion
  • Hash House Harriers, Voi run
  • Bicycle Race Taveta to Salaita & back to Taveta
  • Primary Schools ‘Funga Safari’ participation
  • Kwale District Eye Centre Eye Camp

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