2015 Remembrance Day Parade Held
By EX WOI Bright Segbefia:
Teachers and students of Faith Montessori, based at Gbawe in Accra, were at the Osu War Cemetery on 11 November, 2015, for the third time running, to grace the Remembrance Day parade. Immaculately turned out, the students were led by two of their teachers, Mrs Gjan and Mr Francis Asirifi. They sat throughout the event after which they were conducted round the cemetery and briefed by the Executive Director of Veterans Administration, Ghana (VAG), before making the biggest ever financial donation to VAG at the Administration’s Greater Accra Regional Office.
The school is not just one of the long-standing sponsors of VAG, but also it is its largest sponsor, as it breaks its record every year. One of the students said that her visit to the event and the briefing had given her a clearer understanding of the Remembrance Day and the Red Poppy; as such she was going to ask her parents to increase her money to be donated towards Poppy Appeal next year and subsequent ones.
The parade had a contingent of 30 veterans, the Central Band, and a military contingent in attendance with the Vice President, Mr Amissah Arthur, as the guest of honour. Also present were the Deputy Defence Minister, Gilbert Adjei; the Chief of Defence Staff, Vice Admiral Mathew Quashie; Acting IGP, Mr John Kudalor; VAG Board Chairman, Cdre Steve Obimpeh (Rtd.); the Chief of Army Staff, Maj Gen Kwame Opoku-Adusei; and the Chief of Osu, Nii Dowuona. Military clergymen were also there.
The rest were Customs Division Deputy Commissioner, Mr Frank Jones Abban; Deputy Director General, Operations, Prisons, Mr Mike Owusu Amponsah; Deputy Greater Accra Regional Minister, Nii Djangba; Deputy Director in charge of Finance and Administration of Ghana Immigration Service, Mrs Judith Dzokoto-Lomoh; Chief Fire Officer, Dr Brown Gaisie, and Women, Children and Gender Minister, Mrs Oye Lithur.
While the Vice President laid the first wreath on behalf of the government and people of the country, the British High Commissioner, HE Jon Bejamin and Mrs Pavelyn Musaka Tendai laid second and third respectively on behalf of the Commonwealth and allied countries, and Dean of Diplomatic Corps. Vice Admiral Quashie laid one on behalf of the security services. Cdre Obimpeh (Rtd.) and Nii Dowuona laid one each on behalf of VAG and traditional authorities in that order.
The Greater Accra Regional Chairman, VAG, EX WOI Robert Kumah, read the Binyon Verse as the Band played ‘Land of our birth…’ The Vice President, members of the diplomatic corps and security heads went round to shake hand with the veterans in commending them.
The cemetery had 419 burials of the Second World War casualties comprising 357 West Africans, 50 British, eight Canadians, two Italians, one Australian, and a Polish.happy wheel