THE annual 72nd Remembrance Day celebration was held for fallen soldiers of the World War at a solemn ceremony at the Takoradi Harbour View with the Vice President of the Western Regional House of Chiefs, Awulae Amihere Kpanyile III laying a wreath on behalf of chiefs. The Vice President of the WRHC and other dignitaries including security agencies and ex-servicemen who were in attendance gave meaning to the solemn occasion interspersed with orchestra performance by the Naval Force Band.
The security agencies and the ex-servicemen laid a wreath in memory of the gallant and departed heroes whilst Regional Police Commander, Mr. Kwesi Duku laid a wreath on behalf of the security agencies. 94 year old Lance Corporal Kwame Anning who was part of the world war laid a wreath on behalf of the ex-servicemen.
Known otherwise as Poppy Day, the Remembrance Day has been observed in Commonwealth member countries since the end of World War 1 to remember members of Armed Forces who died in line of duty. Remembrance Day falls on November 11 each year and this is the 72nd Day celebration of the Day since World War 1 came to an end in November 1918. Since then, the Armistice Day was renamed Remembrance Day to remember those who had died in both world wars as a national Day of Remembrance. The Day is held across the country and in Sekondi Takoradi, the occasion was a solemn one. At 10: 55, there was the call to Remember and the sounding of the Farewell Call. This was followed by the blowing of the siren by the Harbour Master.
The reading of the Binyon Verses, the sounding of the last post and the observance of the two minute silence for the departed soldiers characterized the occasion. The deputy regional Minister on behalf of the regional Minister, Dr. Kwaku Afriyie laid the first wreath on behalf of the government and people of Ghana.
The Vice President of the WRHC, Awulae Amihere Kpamyile III who is also the Paramount Chief of Eastern Nzema Traditional Council laid a wreath on behalf of the chiefs.