68th Crossroads Shooting Anniversary Parade Held

By EX WOI Bright Segbefia:

Some security officers saluting.The 68th anniversary parade of the 1948 Crossroads Shooting incident has been held at the Nationalism Park (Cenotaph) at Osu in Accra. Five Commissioned Officers and 155 men from the Police Service, Army, Air Force and Navy were on parade. The Veterans Administration, Ghana (VAG) also provided a contingent.

The parade commander was Lt Cdr Mahama Abu Isaac and the veterans contingent was commanded by EX- WO1 Emmanuel Kumah. The Greater Accra Regional VAG Chairman, EX WOI Robert Kumah, read the modified history of the 1948 tragedy that claimed the lives of Sgt Adjetey, Cpl Attipoe, and Pte Odartey Lamptey. Ex WOI Lawrence Owusu symbolically called the veterans Roll.

The three were part of aggrieved soldiers marching to the Castle to present a petition to the then Governor, Sir Gerald Greasy, over their conditions of service, after their return from the 2WW when they were gunned down by a British policeman, superintendent Imray.

The death of the three hastened the political independence, as the already agitated citizens joined the soldiers in causing commotion that forced the colonialist to draw a time table for a quick hand-over of power to the people. For this sacrifice, the state observes 28th February of each year in honour of them as a way of encouraging patriotism.

The Vice President, Mr Kwesi Arthur, who was the review officer, laid the first wreath on behalf of the government and people of Ghana. The VAG Board Chairman, Cdre Steve Obimpeh laid another on behalf of veterans. The Navy Commander, Vice Admiral Peter Faidoo, who represented the Chief of Defence Staff, laid one on behalf of the security services. The Osu Mantse, Nii Dowuona, laid one on behalf of Traditional Authorities whilst the Family Head of Pte Odartey Lamptey, Mr Hammond, laid the final one on behalf of the fallen soldiers.

The Defence Minister, Dr Kunbuor and the outgoing Interior Minister, Mr Woyongo, were present. Also in attendance were the Inspector General of Police, John Kudalor, Director of Immigration, Felix Yaw Sarpong, Assistant Commissioner of CEPS Felix Delor, and Deputy Chief Fire Officer William Jessey.

Others in attendance were Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre Commandant Maj Gen Obed Boamah Akwa, and Commandant of Military Academy and Training School, Rear Admiral Akoto Bonsu. The rest were the Commander of Support Service Brigade, Brig Gen Musah Whajah, Chief of Staff at the General Headquarters, Ghana Armed Forces, Brig Gen Adeti, and Executive Director, Veterans Administration, Ghana, Col Chris Nutakor (Rtd).

The officiating clergy, made up of Wg Cdr Philip Mensah and Sheikh Nurudeen Quaye, prayed for the nation and peacekeepers. Some school children also attended the parade.

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