Remembrance Day Marked To Honour Fallen Heroes Of World War I And II
| Updated Nov 11, 2017 at 4:00pm
A Ceremony was this morning held at the War Cemetery at Osu in Accra to commemorate the 72nd Remembrance Day also known as Poppy Day.
The day is observed by Common Wealth Member states since the end of the First World War in 1919 to remember members of the Armed forces who sacrificed their lives in the line of duty.
Among the dignitaries who graced the occasion was President Akufo-Addo, Ministers of State, Government Officials, Traditional Authorities and Veterans.
Speaking to GBC’s Radio Ghana, Chairman of the Governing Board of the Veterans Administration of Ghana, Clayton Yaache advised the youth to prioritise the nation's security.
He said it is imperative that the youth cherish the peace being enjoyed and not do anything untoward to disturb it.
Wreaths were laid on behalf of the people of Ghana, the Ghana Armed Forces and members of the Commonwealth of Nations.
From the Eastern Region, Our Reporter, Anita Kwapong reports that 200 contingent consisting of the military, police service, fire service, prisons service, veterans and cadet corps from the Pope Johns Senior High School and Minor Seminary took part in the Remembrance Day parade, held at the Jackson Park in Koforidua.
Captain Appiah-Kubi Adubofuor from the First Battalion of Infantry was the Parade Commander.
At 11am the siren was sounded to remember the heroes who lost their lives during the Second World War.
In a brief sermon, Chaplain of the 1BN, Major Francis Agyemang asked Ghanaians to cherish the courage and memories of the fallen heroes and also pray for God's peace to continuously reign on Ghana.
Wreaths were laid in remembrance of the fallen heroes on behalf of the government by the Deputy Eastern Regional Minister, Joseph Tetteh.
Lt Col. Albert Sisan Ogaja laid one on behalf of the Security Services, while the Krontihene of the New Juaben Traditional Area, Barfour Nyantakyi Tutu Boateng laid one on behalf of the Chiefs and People of the region.
The Regional VAG Chairman, Emmanuel Osei Kwame laid a wreath on behalf of the Veterans.
Ashanti Region - Kumasi
From Kumasi, Correspondent Nicholas Osei Wusu reports that the Day was observed near the Cenotaph at Adum, which bears the identities of Gold Coast Soldiers who took part in the two wars.
The memorial service was interspersed with Bible reading, traditional, Islamic and Christian prayers, singing of Christian hymns, cultural performances and poetry recital.
Ex-serviceman, Sergeant Kobina read the ‘Beyond Call to proclaim the sacrifices and bravery of the soldiers during the world wars.
The Deputy Ashanti Regional Minister, Elizabeth Agyemang laid a wreath on behalf of the President and People of Ghana. Brigadier General Cosmos Alhassan laid one on behalf of the security services. The Bantamahene, Baffuor Owusu Amankwatia also laid a wreath on behalf of the Chiefs, while the Regional Chairman of the Veterans Administration of Ghana, Ex-Warrant Officer Class One, Appiah laid another on behalf of the retired serviceman and women.