I choose to be here. It is Sunday evening and the grand amphitheater near the South African Police Memorial - located at the Union Buildings - is somewhat empty. The Latin words on the wall are "Servamus et Servimus" and mean "I have served and I (still) serve".

At a nearby distance, two brides and their entourage pose for their wedding pictures. They look past each other and smile as their bridesmaid compare dresses. They both have big entourages and rush to capture as many memories as they can before daylight fades.

It is so beautiful here. I can't help browsing for fellow "Nkosi" surnames (because that is my surname) as I look through the many many names of brave men and women who gave up their lives so that we can be here to enjoy freedom and safety. Not only do I spot a handful of this surname, but so many more. I am convinced that it truly was a collective effort from all.

This weekend someone special was buried. Although she was somewhat old, she was and is eternally loved. I can't help, but think of all the families who lost loved ones. The names on these walls of remembrance represent so much more than just listings. They showcase people who served and are loved. Their loss is significant. 

The South African Police Memorial is a silent place. It stands tall and has a way of making you think. Contrary to the busy nearby gardens filled with excitement and cheer; this is the type of place that quites your soul. It is a reminder that the freedom, unity and life we now live did not come cheap - and needs to be protected.

This monument is dedicated to the South African police officers who died in the line of duty. If you are at the popular Union Buildings, take a stroll to this memorial. It will be so worth it. 

Phindiwe Nkosi at The South African Police Memorial in Pretoria. Photo by MMPhindiwe Nkosi at The South African Police Memorial in Pretoria. Photo by MM

Phindiwe Nkosi at The South African Police Memorial by the Union Buildings in Pretoria. Photo by MMPhindiwe Nkosi at The South African Police Memorial by the Union Buildings in Pretoria. Photo by MM

 

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