President remembers Veterans

Accra- President Nana AddoDankwaAkufo-Addo on Sunday joined Ex-Servicemen and other Security Agencies to observe a two-minute silence in honour of Ghanaian soldiers who lost their lives in the First World War.

At the 73rd Remembrance Day Service at the Christiansborg War Cemetery at Osu, Accra, the President, in a solemn mood, remembered the war dead, and the selfless sacrifice they made to Ghana and the world in World Wars I and II, and those who have died in combat since then in the quest for world peace.

The Remembrance Day, otherwise known as ‘Poppy Day’ is observed in Commonwealth of Nations member states since the end of the First World War to remember the members of their Armed Forces who died in their line of duty.

The Armistice, which ended World War 1, became effective at 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. After World War II, the Armistice Day was renamed Remembrance Day to remember those who died in both world wars and instituted as a National Day of Remembrance.

The solemn occasion attracted people from the various sections of society including; members of the Diplomatic Corps, traditional rulers, the Ministers for Defence and the Interior, as well as the top brass of the military and other security services, many of whom had poppies pinned on their lapels.

At 10:56 hours, there was the Call to Remembrance and the Sounding of the Knell.

And at exactly 1100 hours, the siren was sounded, followed by the reading of the Binyon Verses, the sounding of the last post, a two-minute silence and the reveille.

President Akufo-Addo laid a wreath on behalf of the Government and People of Ghana.

British High Commissioner, Mr Ian Walker, laid a wreath for the Commonwealth and Allied Countries, while the Ivorian envoy to Ghana, Ambassador Bernard Kotoan laid one for the Diplomatic Community.

Lieutenant General ObedBoamahAkwa, the Chief of Defence Staff laid a wreath on behalf of the Ghana Armed Forces and other Security Agencies, Maj. Gen. C B YaacheRtd, Chairman of the Veterans Administration of Ghana laid the wreath on behalf of the veterans of Ghana.

NiiOkweiKinkaDowuona VI, the Paramount Chief of Osu and President of the Greater Accra Regional House of Chiefs, laid the sixth wreath on behalf of all traditional rulers in Ghana.

President AkuffoAddo and other invited dignitaries later signed a remembrance book at the memorial Ark of the War Cemetery.

The Day is a noble gesture of acknowledging and recognising the servicemen who sacrificed their lives for today’s peace. The Day underscores the need not only to stop wars, but also to pursue the idea of peace at all cost and at all times as the only condition for the survival of the human race.

The Christianborg War Cemetery contains the remains of 419 second World War casualties, including 357 West Africans, 50 British, 8 Canadians, 2 Italians, 1 Australian and 1 Polish.

Source: Ghana News Agency