Vice President mark 70th Remembrance Day

Vice President Kwesi Amissah-Arthur on Wednesday joined Ex-Servicemen and other security agencies to mark the 70th Remembrance Day Service at the Christianborg War Cemetery at Osu.


The Remembrance Day, which falls on November 11 each year is set aside to remember Ghanaian Veterans and others who lost their lives in the World War 1 and 2.

Remembrance Day known as Poppy Day is observed in Commonwealth of Nations member states since the end of the First World War to remember the members of their armed forces who have died in the line of duty.

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 attracted people from the various sections of the society including members of the Diplomatic Corps, Traditional rulers, Service Commanders and Ministers of State.

Nana Oye Lithur, Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Mr Kennedy Adjei, Deputy Minister of Defence, and Commodore Steve Obimpeh, Chairman of the Veterans Administration were also present.

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 and the blowing of the siren at 1100 hours 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 while Madam Pavlin Tendai, South African High Commissioner to Ghana laid the other on behalf of the Diplomatic community.

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

Nii Oquaye Kinkan II, Osu Mantse laid the sixth wreath on behalf of all traditional rulers in Ghana.

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



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