Remembrance Day services in Kenya and Tanzania 2017

Remembrance Sunday Nairobi 2016
Heads of Missions and Kenyan war veterans attend the Commonwealth War Cemetery in Nairobi for the Remembrance Sunday service. Photo: Facebook/UKinKenya

Remembrance Day is a memorial day which has been observed in Commonwealth countries since the end of the First World War to remember the members of the armed forces who died in the line of duty.

The day is observed on 11 November in most countries to recall the end of hostilities of World War I on that day in 1918. Hostilities formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. This year’s Remembrance Day marks 99 years since the end of the First World War.

Remembrance Sunday, which falls on 12 November in 2017, is a day for the nation to remember and honour those who have sacrificed themselves to secure and protect our freedom.

Remembrance Services in Kenya

There are a number of services of Remembrance taking place in Kenya which are open to all.

The first is taking place in the Muthaiga Country Club at 10.45am on Saturday, November 11th.

On Remembrance Sunday (12 November), in Nairobi, there are services at the memorial on Kenyatta Avenue at 8.00am and at the Nairobi War Cemetery at 10.15am.

There will also be a service at the Mbaraki War Cemetery in Mombasa at 10.00am and at the Nanyuki War Cemetery at 10.30am.

In addition, there are two ceremonies taking place at the Gilgil War Cemetery on Friday 10 November at 1pm and Sunday 12 November at 10.30am.

Muthaiga Country Club

The Muthaiga Country Club is a club in Nairobi, Kenya. It is located in the suburb of Muthaiga, about 15 minutes’ drive from the city centre.

Opened on New Year’s Eve in 1913, the club became a gathering place for the British expat community.

Nairobi War Ceremony

The Nairobi War Cemetery is on the south-western outskirts of Nairobi, about 10 kilometres west of the city centre on Ngong Road, adjacent to Nairobi race course. It is reached by way of a long driveway off Ngong Road, the turning being indicated by a CWGC direction sign.

Visitors should be aware that there have been reports of attacks in the vicinity of the cemetery and are strongly advised to take care and not carry any valuables when visiting the site. It is also advised not to walk along the 1km access track to the cemetery from the main road but should travel to the cemetery entrance by vehicle only.

A troop of wild monkeys often frequent the access road and the cemetery and visitors should not approach or feed the monkeys as they can bite and scratch if frightened.

Nanyuki War Cemetery

Nanyuki is located about 165 kilometres north of Nairobi, on the north-western side of Mount Kenya. The Cemetery is about 4 kilometres along a rough road from the town centre. From Nanyuki’s shopping area turn right onto the road to Mount Kenya Safari Club.

The cemetery is down the road on the left hand side, set well back with the grassed entrance drive marked by boundary stones. The route is signposted from the centre of town.

BATUK at Nanyuki War Cemetery
BATUK at the Nanyuki War Cemetery. Photo: Facebook/BATUKOfficial

Remembrance Sunday in Tanzania

To mark Remembrance Sunday, The British High Commission in Tanzania and the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany will jointly hold a Service of Remembrance, at the Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery and German War Memorial in Dar es Salaam on Sunday 12th November 2017 from 8:00am.

The poppy is a symbol of Remembrance that was inspired by John McCrae’s poem In Flanders Fields. Poppies are available in Tanzania from the following locations:

  • Southern Sun Hotel, Hamburg Ave
  • Tanzania Legion Club
  • IST Upper School, Msasani Peninsula
  • ZanAir – Zanzibar
  • IST Clinic reception, Msasani Peninsula
  • Dar es SalaamCommonwealth War Graves Cemetery, Makumbusho
  • George and Dragon, Msasani Peninsula
  • British Council, Ohio Street
  • Little Theatre, Oysterbay
  • Yacht Club, Msasani Peninsula

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