Heroes of world wars remembered

A joint service and parade was held Tuesday at the forecourt of the Military Cemetery at Osu in Accra to mark  the  69th Remembrance Day.

The day is set aside to remember the servicemen and women who fell in the two world wars and in other conflicts.

Significantly, this year’s ceremony was also used to mark 100 years of the beginning of World War One (WW1).

The Vice-President, Mr Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur, was the special guest for the occasion.

Six wreaths were laid at the tomb of the unknown soldier, the first of which was laid by Mr Amissah-Arthur on behalf of the government and people of Ghana.

Others were laid by the British High Commissioner in Accra, Mr John Benjamin, on behalf of the Commonwealth and allied countries, the Dean of the Diplomatic Corps, Mrs Pavelyn Tenclai Musaka, on behalf of the Diplomatic Community, and the Chairman of the Veterans Administration, Ghana (VAG), Commodore Steve Obimpeh, on behalf of all veterans.

The rest of the wreaths were laid by the Chief of the Defence Staff, Vice Admiral Matthew Quarshie, on behalf of the Ghana Armed Forces and the other security services, and the Osu Mantse, Nii Okwei Kinka Dowuona VI, on behalf of the chiefs and people of Osu.

Other ceremonies

The military band provided some old regimental and religious hymns at the ceremony which was devoid of speeches this year.

At 11.00 GMT, a two-minute silence was observed to remember the exact time in 1918 when the guns fell silent to signal the end of WW1.

There was also the sounding of the last post to mark the centenary of the beginning of WW1.

Some of the veterans turned out in their British Empire military uniform with their insignia and medals.

Prayers for the dead, an important part of the service, were said by Muslim and Christian officiating priests.

In attendance was the Minister of Defence, Dr Benjamin Kunbuor, service commanders and some members of the VAG.

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