iex-sevicemen?Vice President Kwesi Amissah-Arthur on Tuesday joined ex-servicemen and other security agencies to observe the centenary celebration of World War 1 and 69th Remembrance Day parade.

The parade, which is held on November 11each year, is to remember soldiers who sacrificed their lives in world wars 1&2 for the peace of the country.

This year?s celebration, which also marks the centenary of World War 1 and the 69th Remembrance Day parade, was held at the Christiansburg War Cemetery at Osu.

The Armistice, which ended World War 1, became effective at 1100 hours of November 11, 1918.

After the 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, which attracted people from the various sections of the society, was attended by Members of Parliament (MPs), the Diplomatic Corps, traditional rulers, service commanders and ministers of state.

Mr Mark Woyongo, Minister of the Interior, Dr Benjamin Kumbour, Minister of Defence, and the chairman and members of the Council of State were also present.

Around 1055 hours, the Veterans, numbering about 40, moved into position and after some few minutes of prayers there was call to remembrance and the sounding of the farewell call.

Later, there was a siren followed by the reading of the Binyon verse and the sounding of the last post.

Vice President Amissah-Arthur, who was the reviewing commander, laid the first wreath on behalf of the Government and people of Ghana.

Mr John Benjamin, British High Commissioner, laid the second wreath for the Commonwealth and allied countries whiles Mrs Bavelin Banjer, Dean of Diplomatic Corps, laid one on behalf of the diplomatic community.

Real Admirer Matthew Quarshie, Chief of Defence Staff, laid the fourth wreath on behalf of the Ghana Armed Forces and other security agencies whiles Commodore Steve Obimpeh, Chairman of the Veterans Association of Ghana, laid the fifth wreath on behalf of the veterans of Ghana.

Nii Dowuona Kinkan II, Chief of Osu, laid the wreath on behalf of traditional rulers in Ghana.

Vice President Amissah-Arthur and other invited dignitaries later signed a remembrance book at the memorial park.

GNA

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