The Mayor of Tamale, Hon. Sule Salifu, on behalf of the Northern Regional Minister, Hon. Shani Alhassan Shaibu, and the Government of Ghana laid a wreath in memory of the departed veterans from the first and second world wars.
The ceremony, which took place on Friday, November 11, 2022, at the Regional Vag Cenotaph in Tamale, marked the 77th Remembrance Day Celebration.
At the event, Hon. Sule Salifu laid the first wreath, followed by Air Commodore Joshua Mensah-Larkai, who laid the second wreath on behalf of all security service personnel in the region.
The gesture continued with the third, fourth, and fifth wreaths being laid by the Chairman of the Veterans Administration of Ghana, Northern Region, EX-WO1 Imoro Haruna, on behalf of the veterans, the chief of Choggu (Choggu naa), Mahamadu Alhassan on behalf of the traditional council, and Madam Amina Haruna on behalf of the widows of veterans, respectively.
Afterward, a 2-minute silence was observed in honor of the fallen heroes during the first and second world wars.
In attendance were the families of the veterans, Tamale Mayor, Hon. Sule Salifu, MCE for Sagnarigu, Hon. Yakubu Ahmed Mohammed, and Chief Director/RCD, Alhaji Alhassan Issahaku.
𝙏𝙃𝙀 𝙃𝙄𝙎𝙏𝙊𝙍𝙔 𝘼𝙉𝘿 𝙎𝙄𝙂𝙉𝙄𝙁𝙄𝘾𝘼𝙉𝘾𝙀 𝙊𝙁 𝙏𝙃𝙀 𝙍𝙀𝙈𝙀𝙈𝘽𝙍𝘼𝙉𝘾𝙀 𝘿𝘼𝙔
In 1918, the signing of the Armistice, which ended World War I, became effective at 11:00 am on November 11, 1918, when the guns fell silent on the Western Front in France and Belgium, bringing four years of hostilities to an end. The Gold Coast, then part of the British Empire, had troops overseas fighting in the war, and some lost their lives.
It is for this reason that we pause at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of every year to remember the sacrifice of those gallant men and women who have died or suffered in wars and conflicts and all those who have served during the past 106 years since the end of World War I and 76 years since the end of World War II.
Today, many countries have recognized that the day not only symbolizes the sacrifice of those who fell in the two World Wars but also of those who have died in subsequent conflicts around the world, including those who were deployed on peacekeeping duties. Ghanaian peacekeepers have died in the line of duty around the world, and we need to remember them as well during such commemorative days.
The central element of the Remembrance Day ceremony is the two minutes of silence sounded by a siren at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of the year. During the silence, all movements cease so that, in perfect stillness, everyone’s thoughts may be concentrated on the revered remembrance of the glorious dead. This implies that all persons at that very moment should cease whatever work or enterprise they are engaged in and stand at attention for two minutes as a mark of reverence to all fallen heroes.
Remembrance Day is a noble act of acknowledgment and recognition of the servicemen who gave their lives for the peace we have today. Remembrance Day also underscores the paramount need not only to stop wars but also to pursue the idea of peace at all costs and at all times as the only condition for the survival of the human race.
Remembrance Day is indeed an international challenge to the people of the planet and forms the basis and philosophy of the United Nations Organization’s endeavors.