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President Akufo-Addo, Ghanaians remember fallen soldiers
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President Akufo-Addo laying a wreath on behalf of the Government and People of Ghana

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Sunday joined Ex-Servicemen and other Security Agencies to observe a two-minute silence in remembrance of the gallant Ghanaian soldiers who fell in the fight for world peace in the First World War.


He also paid tribute to all those who have died in combat since the quest for world peace.


At the 73rd Remembrance Day Service at the Christianborg War Cemetery at Osu, Accra, the President in a somber mood, remembered the war dead, their selfless sacrifices to Ghana and the world during the First and Second World Wars.


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


The first wreath on behalf of the Government and People of Ghana was laid by President Akufo-Addo .


On behalf of the Ghana Armed Forces and other Security Agencies, Lt. Gen. Obed Boamah Akwa, the Chief of Defence Staff laid one, whilst Maj. Gen. C B Yaache (Rtd) Chairman of the Veterans Administration of Ghana laid another for veterans.


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


Nii Okwei Kinka Dowuona VI, the Paramount Chief of Osu and President of the Greater Accra Region House of Chiefs, laid the sixth wreath on behalf of all traditional rulers in Ghana.


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


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


The ceremony attracted people from all walks of life including Ministers, members of the Diplomatic Corps, traditional rulers as well as the top brass of the security services.
President Akuffo Addo and other invited dignitaries later signed a remembrance book at the memorial Ark of the War Cemetery.


The Day underlines the need to stop wars and pursue the idea of peace at all cost and at all times.


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

 

Source: ISD (Rex Mainoo Yeboah)

Photo: ISD (Patience Lartey)