School children, school cadet and security officers totaling about 1,360 took part in the 62nd Independence Parade at the Jackson Park in Koforidua, under the Command of Captain Joseph Kwame Odoi of the First Infantry Battalion.
The contingents, made up of 20 private and public basic schools, five senior high schools, seven cadet corps and eight security services thrilled the crowd with their marching skills, security drills and combat readiness.
Other partipants in the parade were voluntary organisations, reading clubs of Ghana Library Authority, trade associations and market women who displayed their wares to the admiration of the gathering.
The Eastern Regional Minister, Mr Eric Kwakye Darfuor, who took the salute, said 62 years of nationhood was no mean achievement, especially in “our part of the world where conflicts, wars and general instability continue to threaten the lives of the citizens”.
He said the journey of Ghana as an independent state had not been smooth, however, the strong bond of unity and togetherness in diversity between the various tribes and religions “give us enough reason to celebrate how far we have come”.
Bethel Preparatory JHS came first in the Basic Schools Category, Koforidua Senior High School came first in the Senior High Schools Category, whiles the SDA Senior High School Cadet was adjudged the overall best Cadet.