Friday, December 2, 2022
HomeLocal NewsRemembrance Day commemorated - Graphic Online

Remembrance Day commemorated – Graphic Online

Vice-President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia (right) exchanging pleasantries with the veterans. With him are Dominic Nitiwul (2nd from right), Minister of Defence; Ambrose Dery (3rd from right), Minister for the Interior, at the Remembrance Day Celebrations in Accra. Picture: SAMUEL TEI ADANO

Vice-President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia (right) exchanging pleasantries with the veterans. With him are Dominic Nitiwul (2nd from right), Minister of Defence; Ambrose Dery (3rd from right), Minister for the Interior, at the Remembrance Day Celebrations in Accra. Picture: SAMUEL TEI ADANO

The 77th Remembrance Day ceremony was yesterday commemorated at the Christianborg War Cemetery at Osu in Accra.

The brief but impressive ceremony is held on November 11 every year since 1918 to remember and pay respect to all fallen soldiers of World War I and II, as well as those who were involved in other conflicts the world over.

Prior to the event, a poppy appeal was launched to raise funds to support the veterans.

Present were the Vice-President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia; the Minister for the Interior, Ambrose Dery, and the Minister of Defence, Dominic Nitiwul.

Others were personnel from the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF), the Ghana Police Service, the diplomatic corps, traditional leaders and members of the Veterans Association of Ghana (VAG).

Significance

On November 11, 1918, factions in World War I, which claimed over 17 million lives, came to an agreement which became known as the Armistice Agreement to end hostilities.

The red petals of the poppy represent the blood of those who gave their lives to the battle, the black button is a symbol of mourning those who could not have the chance to welcome their loved ones home, while the green leaf signifies hope offered by crops and grass.

The poppy is, therefore, a symbol of remembrance.

Event


Get New DJ Mixes

Among activities performed at the ceremony were the sounding of the knell and a farewell call to announce the death of the fallen heroes.

There was also the blowing of a siren at the 11th hour in remembrance of Armistice, while the last post was sounded to symbolically depict that the soldiers had gone to their final rest.

Dr Bawumia laid the first wreath on behalf of the government and people of Ghana, while the British High Commissioner to Ghana, Harriet Thompson, laid one for the Commonwealth and allied countries.

The Dean of the diplomatic corps, Pingrenema Zegre, laid the third wreath for the diplomatic community in Ghana.

The Chief of the Defence Staff, Vice-Admiral Seth Amoama, laid one on behalf of the GAF and other security services, with the Chairman of the VAG, laying another one in remembrance of the veterans, while the Osu Alata Mantse, Nii Kwabena Bonnie IV, also laid a wreath for traditional leaders in the country.

Abdullah Anaman
Abdullah Anamanhttps://aanaman.me
I am a highly competent IT professional with a proven track record in designing websites, building apps etc. I have strong technical skills as well as excellent interpersonal skills, enabling me to interact with a wide range of clients.
RELATED ARTICLES

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here
Captcha verification failed!
CAPTCHA user score failed. Please contact us!

Most Popular

Recent Comments