The Veterans Association of Ghana (VAG) has held its annual Military Band Concert and Poppy Appeal launch at the VAG Headquarters on Thursday, 10 October 2019 as a prelude to Remembrance Day.
The Minister for Local Government and Rural Development Honourable Hajia Alima Mahama, who was Guest of Honour for the occasion, established that the concert included veterans of the World Wars, Post-Independent Veterans and all Gallant Service Men who in the past sacrificed their lives in order to bring peace to the world.
To this effect, she noted that the sponsorship and sale of poppy was losing its significance in Ghana; therefore, there was the need for VAG to intensify its public campaign to sensitize Ghanaians to appreciate the sacrifices of veterans in safeguarding the peace, progress and development of the country.
She urged VAG to identify other innovative means of generating income to supplement voluntary donations made to the association in order to mobilize funds to sustain members.
She charged all Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs), to take personal interest in this year’s fund raising to draw a wider attention of the public to the plight of veterans. She also encouraged members of various corporate societies in Ghana, personnel of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF), clergy and Imam to donate generously through the patronage of the poppy to support veterans.
Dignitaries who graced the occasion were the Defense Minister, Hon Dominic Nitiwul, Chief of Defense Staff, Lt Gen Obed Boamah Akwa and other service chiefs.