By Kofi Ampeah-Woode
The Ghana Army, has honoured the memories of her fallen warriors, as part of activities commemorating the Army Week Celebration, with a solemn wreath laying ceremony at the Cenotaph at the military haven of Burma Camp, where five wreaths were laid.
The brisk ceremony, held at the entrance of the revered military camp on Tuesday, 24th September, 2019, was witnessed by all the Service Chiefs and some Formation Commanders, with the Guest of Honour being the Deputy Minister for Defence and Member of Parliament for Nkoranza North – Major (Rtd) Derek Oduro.
Delivering a speech, the Deputy Defence Minister, said, quoting a former President of the United States of America – Abraham Lincoln that, “a nation that does not honour its heroes, will not long endure”, and continued that “This outward gesture is a reminder of the cost of freedom and security, as well as a reflection of the pride and joy we share with those who served our nation courageously”.
“We pay our tribute to those who honour the oath they have made to God, the motherland, countrymen and women – they stand steadfast by this oath and they derive from it the motivation to forge ahead in dire circumstances, in order for humanity to be served. On their very souls, they bear the sacrificial duty of ensuring that peace reigns both at home and the world over”, the MP concluded.
The Chief of Staff at the General Headquarters – Major General Thomas Oppong-Peprah, stated that on the bronze plate of the cenotaph and well preserved, are the names of men of courage and valour, of the Ghana Armed Forces.
Today’s wreath laying ceremony, reinforces the thoughts of the composers of our national anthem – “Hen ara asaase ni”, which both make references to the blood that our forefathers, in whose memory we have gathered today, shed to protect our sovereignty and national interest, it is imperative that we honour such forebears”, the General stated.
Wreaths were laid on behalf of the Government and People of Ghana, the Ghana Armed Forces, Men and Women of the Ghana Army, by the Deputy Minister, The Chief of the Defence Staff – Lieutenant General OB Akwa, Chief of Army Staff – Major General Wiliam Ayamdo, the Army Sergeant Major – Master Warrant Officer (MWO) Daniel Addo and the Army Magajiah – Faustina Oheneba.