The Vice President and Chairman of the Ghana Armed Forces Council, Alhaji Dr Mahamadu Bawumia has joined ex-servicemen to commemorate the 74th Remembrance Day at the Christiansborg War Cemetery, Osu on Monday, 11 November 2019.
The annual ceremony which is observed every 11th day of the 11th month is held in memory of all men in uniform who died during the two World Wars and conflicts around the world. The day also signifies the signing of the Armistice between Germany and allied Forces of Britain, France and Russia.
The day, unofficially known as the Poppy Day, is a memorial day in the Commonwealth countries since the end of World War I to remember the fallen heroes who died in the line of duty. It is also an important day to remember the gallant soldiers who lost their lives in the fight for independence and in peacekeeping operations worldwide.
At around 1055 hours, there was the call to remembrance and the sounding of the farewell call. This was followed by the reading of the Binyon verses, the blowing of the siren at 1100 hours and the sounding of the last post.
The Vice President, Alhaji Dr Bawumia who was the reviewing officer laid a wreath on behalf of the President and the people of Ghana. The British High Commissioner to Ghana, His Excellency Iain Walker laid the second wreath on behalf of Commonwealth and Allied countries.
Whereas the Acting Dean of the Diplomatic Corps and the Ambassador of the Russian Federation, His Excellency Dimitry Suslov laid the third wreath on behalf of the Diplomatic Community, the Chief of the Defence Staff, Lieutenant General Obed Boamah Akwa laid the fourth wreath on behalf of the Ghana Armed Forces and other security Services.
The Chairman of the Veterans Administration, Ghana (VAG); Maj Gen CB Yaache (Rtd), laid another wreath on behalf of VAG and all Veterans. The Osu Mantse; Nii Kinka Dowuona (VI) also laid a wreath on behalf of all the Traditional Authorities.
The Vice President and the other invited dignitaries later signed the Remembrance Book and exchanged pleasantries with the veterans.
The Ministers for Defence and Interior, Honourable Dominic Nitiwul and Honourable Ambrose Dery, the Inspector General of Police, Mr James Oppong-Boanuh, the Service Chiefs, as well as some Senior Officers were present to grace the occasion.