17th Annual Penang Remembrance Day
20 Nov 2018
The 17th Annual Remembrance Day Ceremony was held on the morning of 18 November 2018 at the Cenotaph, Esplanade, Penang. MACVA were invited by the President of Penang Veterans’ Association to attend the ceremony. A group of 37 MACVs attended the ceremony this year led by Northern Chapter Chairman Capt Tei Poey Eong RMAF (Rtd). This year ceremony celebrates a hundred years since the First Remembrance Day at the Cenotaph, Esplanade since 1918 and also marks the 3rd year that MACVA is attending the ceremony.
The Guest of Honour was Penang Chief Minister YAB Chow Kon Yeow and Her Excellency The British High Commissioner to Malaysia Vicki Treadell. Other parties that attended the ceremony includes High Commissions and Embassies representatives, local veterans groups and corporate companies.
The Ceremony begin with the arrival of the Chief Minister at 7.30 am followed by the mounting of the Catafalque Party, National anthem - Negara Ku and State anthem - Untuk Negeri Ku. This was followed by the Penang Veterans President, Maj Sivarajan KM Ramanathan (Rtd) welcoming speech and addresses by Her Excellency The British High Commissioner and The Chief Minister of Penang.
The Wreath Laying Ceremony begins after the Reading of the ODE, Song Dedication for the Fallen Heroes, the Last post, observing 2 minutes silence and the Rouse. The Ceremony was full of meaning and military tradition. On completion of the ceremony, the Catafalque Party was dismounted and function ended at 10.30 am with a tea reception.
Salute to MACV Sim Boon Lee who attended the event on his wheelchair together with his wife and 2 grandchildren demonstrating great determination and resolve. Kudos to Northern Chapter for organising a most memorable trip for him. MACVA would like to express its sincere gratitude to the Penang Veterans Association for the invitation and kudos for a well organised and successful function.