70th MYOHAUNG DAY PARADE HELD IN TAKORADI
the veterans at the parade loaded
Cdre Obimpeh having a handshake with the veterans after the parade loaded
A military parade made up of personnel from 2BN at Apremdo, Ghana Navy and Air Force Band, Takoradi, was held on the 23rd January, 2015, to observe the 70th Myohaung Day on the Parade Square of 2BN.
In attendance were the Board Chairman of Veterans Administration, Ghana (VAG), Cdre Stev Obimpeh (rtd.); Executive Director of VAG, Col Chris Oscar Afefa Nutakor (rtd.); the General Officer Commanding Southern Command, Brig Gen Sampson Adetti; Flag Officer Fleet at the Western Naval Command, Cdre Mark Yawson; Sekondi/Takoradi Municipal Chief Executive, Capt Anthony Cudjoe rtd.); Commander of 2 Bn, Lt Col Jonathan Kofi Kumado; Director of Finance at the VAG HQ, Lt Col Okyre Adjekum (rtd.); Director of Logistics at the VAG HQ, Maj Samuel Sarkodie-Addo (rtd.); Director of Administration at the VAG HQ, Capt George Biezue (rtd.); heads of the various regional security services, and some traditional leaders.
The clergy were made up of Garrison Chaplain Rev Earnest Ofori Debrah and Garrison Imam Lt Mohamed Alhassan, both of whom prayed for the continuous peace and tranquility of Ghana and sound health for the veterans. In his address, the guest of honour, Cdre Obimpeh, noted that of all the battles that the Gold Coast Regiment fought during the Second World War in the jungles of Burma, the Battle of Myohaung was on record as the fiercest. He called for a minute’s silence in memory of the heroes who paid the ultimate price, and congratulated the surviving ones. ‘Comrades,’ he said, ‘let us focus on the ultimate sacrifice made by our compatriots of the Royal West African Frontier Force,’ noting that they made enormous sacrifices during their service with the Colours, endured great hardships and horrors of the War. Cdre Obimpeh said that the courage, bravado and determination exhibited by those veterans during the battle won them several accolades.
He, therefore, appealed to the general public to passionately uphold what he described as enduring legacy of determination, selflessness, discipline, integrity and dedication to duty, stressing that these attributes were still relevant to fighting many global ills including terrorism. The VAG Board Chairman urged serving-military personnel to take a cue from their predecessors and continue to build upon their foundations and legacies ‘because the sustenance and development of the nation’s democracy is dependent on the security services to provide a secured and congenial environment for other state institutions to function effectively and efficiently.’
He reminded them of the inevitability of retirement and the fact that they would one day fall under VAG. As such, they should support all activities of the Administration, citing 2Bn and Air Force Base, Takoradi, as units whose examples in the provision of some equipment at the VAG Hall as worthy of emulation. He expressed the hope that Units/Garrisons responsible for the various regional capitals would assist in securing equipment that would facilitate the work of VAG and entertain veterans. He disclosed that VAG had been steadily transformed into a more reliable institution that was managing the affairs of all veterans across the length and breadth of the country and the diaspora.
He reminded the public that their constant support was required in the patronage of the Poppy Appeal to raise funds for the welfare of the veterans. He thanked all those educational institutions, public spirited individuals and corporate bodies that continued to support VAG over the years. Cdre Obimpeh said as part of efforts to improve the administration, welfare and related issues affecting veterans, a number of transformations had been instituted including a Scheme of Service for the staff of VAG and approved by Public Services Commission while the Fair Wages Commission was working on it to determine the salary levels of the staff.
He hinted that VAG was involved in some development projects such as a multi-purpose Events Centre at Amasaman in Accra, a block factory at the same town, renovation of VAG Amenity Centres in Ho and Accra and renovation of Guests Houses in Cape Coast, Sunyani and Tamale. He urged all, both active and retired, to get involved to put the right structures in place to ensure that even the future generations would retire in much better dignity. He commended all those who took part in the parade that he described as splendid. ‘Mother Ghana and the world at large will continue to remember the prowess of our heroes who made a mark for themselves and the country through the battle of Mhohaung,’ he added.
Cdre Obimpeh taking the General Salute
The Executive Director, VAG, Col Nutakor (rtd.) at the function
23rd January – Myohaung Day
This year’s Myohaung day was celebrated at (Myohaung) Barracks at Apremdo in Takoradi on 23rd January. 2014 with a drum-head service. The guest of honor was Brig-Gen Musa Whajah, Commander Support Services Brigade. Veterans from the Central and Western Regions provided one contingent for the parade. The veterans later had refreshment in the company of the Western Regional Minister, the guest of honour and the Executive Director of VAG.
28th February – Crossroad Shooting Incident
The Hon. Mark Woyongo, Minister for Defence, stood in for the Vice President as the reviewing officer for this year’s 28th Feb. X’Road incident parade. It was the 66th Anniversary of the 28th Feb. X’borg Cross Roads shooting incident in which 3 gallant EX- Servicesmen, Ex-Sgt. Addjetey, Ex-Cpl Attipoe and Ex-Pte Odartey Lamptey were gunned down on their way with other colleague veterans to the Christiansborg Castle to present a petition to the then Gorvenor of the Gold Coast.
STATEMENT FROM VAG HEADQUARTERS ON THE 66TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE 28TH FEBRUARY CHRISTIANSBURG CROSSROADS SHOOTING INCIDENT
The war veterans who had fought so gallantly and had received high commendation were demobilized after the war and paid a pittance by way of war gratuity of about one shilling a day. The Ex-servicemen were naturally not happy with the gratuity. The thought the British Government which then ruled the Gold Coast would in appreciation of the sacrifices that had been made, pay gratuities in the right proportion with those sacrifices.In addition to this, several appeals made by the soldiers to the authorities fell on deaf ears. After a period of waiting for reasonable war benefits to be paid, which were not forthcoming, the Ex-servicemen decided that a direct approach should be made to the British Governor and Commander-in-Chief of the Gold Coast Regiment, Sir Gerald creasy.
On Saturday, 28th February, 1948, before noon, a number of unarmed Ex-servicemen were on a march from Accra to the Christiansburg Castle where the Governor lived to present a petition to the Governor and the Commander-in-Chief when they were intercepted at the Christiansburg crossroads by a contingent of armed policemen led by a British Superintendent, Mr. Imray. ….read more
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