By Capt Nathanael Asamoah, Lebanon
The 86th Ghana Battalion (GHANBATT 86) serving with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), has commemorated the 74th Remembrance Day with a parade characterised with a flag hoisting, wreath-laying and remembrance service, in honour of soldiers who lost their lives during the First and Second World Wars and in recent times on peacekeeping operations.
Four wreaths were laid at the event, which took place on Monday, 11 November, 2019, at the Battalion headquarters in Al-Qawzah, South Lebanon, and the first was laid by the Commanding Officer (CO) of the Battalion – Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col) Abass Atuluk, on behalf of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) and the Veterans Administration of Ghana (VAG).
The Ghanaian Contingent Commander – Colonel (Col) John Lawluvi, laid a wreath on behalf of the Government and People of Ghana and a siren was sounded at 11am after which two minutes of silence was also observed in honour of the departed, who lost their lives during the wars and peacekeeping.
Col Rabea Rostum, from the Lebanese Armed Forces, also laid a wreath on behalf of the Government and People of Lebanon, whiles the Deputy Sector West Commander – Col Ian Byrne, who was the Guest of Honour, laid the fourth wreath, on behalf of the United Nations.
Remembrance Day, otherwise known as Armistice Day, is a Memorial Day commemorated on 11th November, every year, by Commonwealth Nations, to remember those who sacrificed their lives in the First and Second World Wars.