The Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) on Friday opened its doors to the general public to interact and educate them on the operations of the military.
The GAF Open Day celebration formed part of the 57th Independence Day Celebration of Ghana, and enabled school children from the basic to the tertiary level to witness some of the military accoutrements and installations.
In the Western Region, the Second Garrison Command made up of the Armed Forces, the Air Force and the Navy allowed the public access to their base to learn about their operations.
Some had the opportunity of being air-lifted in military aircrafts, while some boarded ships at the Sekondi Naval Base and held military weapons for the first time.
The Garrison Public Relations Officer of GAF, Captain Linda Patience Oboh, told the media in Takoradi that the exercise was organized annually after every Independence Day celebration which enabled the military to fraternize with the public.
She said it helped strengthened the bond between the military and the civilian population which aimed to erase the erroneous perception that the military was not friendly but rude towards civilians.
She noted that the military was there to protect lives and property and ensured against any external aggression.
Captain Oboh therefore entreated the public to feel free to approach the military without fear or panic.
At the Myohaung Barracks at Apremdo, the home of the Second Infantry Battalion, 31 men mounted a parade and exhibited silent drill at the admiration of students and adults that went there to witness the event.
The Commander of the Parade, Lieutenant Abdul Samad-Abdulai Kanchue of Bravo Company led the contingent to perform drill display including rifle drill, marching steps, saluting the rifle and presenting arms to the admiration of the spectators.
There was also a unit tour where students and the general public were taken round the barracks to observe some military weapons and amusement shoot activities.
At the Airforce Base in Takoradi, both adults and children had the opportunity of being air lifted in a military aircraft which generated a lot of excitement among first timers.
Some civilians also boarded ships at the Sekondi Naval Base to learn about operations of the Ghana Navy.
Master John Quayeson, a student of Baidoe Bonsu Senior High School, told the GNA that he would be a pilot in future because being air-borne for the first time had motivated him to pursue a career in Aviation. GNA