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The Cenotaph, Voortrekker Monument | Pretoria - Gauteng, South Africa (IMG_0508.jpg)

The Cenotaph, Voortrekker Monument

The Cenotaph, situated in the center of the Cenotaph Hall, is the central focus of the monument. In addition to being viewable from the Hall of Heroes it can also be seen from the dome at the top of the building, from where much of the interior of the monument can be viewed. Through an opening in this dome a ray of sunlight shines at twelve o'clock on 16 December annually, falling onto the centre of the Cenotaph, striking the words "Ons vir Jou, Suid-Afrika" (Afrikaans for "Our selves for you, South Africa"). 16 December 1838 was the date of the Battle of Blood River, commemorated in South Africa before 1994 as the Day of the Vow.
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