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The Cenotaph, situated in the centre of the Cenotaph Hall, is the central focus of the Voortrekker Monument. It can be seen from the dome at the top of the building (visible on the upper part this photo), from where much of the interior of the monument can be viewed. Through an opening in this dome (can be seen at the very top of my photo) 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 'We're for you, South Africa'), a line from 'Die Stem van Suid-Afrika'. The ray of light is said to symbolise God's blessing on the lives and endeavours of the Voortrekkers. 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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