Major Derek Oduro (Rtd), a Deputy Minister of Defence, has disclosed that about 140 Ghanaian soldiers have lost their lives, as of May 2019, while serving in the United Nations (UN) Missions around the world.
He said the lost
heroes and heroines showed acts of selfless sacrifice and dedication to the
protection of their fellow men and would never be forgotten.
The Deputy Minister
said this on Tuesday at the Army Week Celebrations’ Wreath-Laying ceremony at
the Cenotaph of the Peacekeeping Memorial at Burma Camp in Accra.
Major Oduro said the
gathering was a testament of the commitment to honouring the valour and deed of
every single hero and heroine.
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. By celebrating them, we give meaning to the cause for which they
lived,” he said.
The ceremony was not
only to portray the deserved appreciation and honour for the respected officers
but also to promise the military personnel who continued to protect the integrity
of the country that their commitment would forever be cherished and deeply
commended the servicemen for putting their lives on the line in defending the
nation, adding: “they have made us proud and we are blessed to have known
and served with them.”
He called on all
serving military personnel to seize the opportunity to reaffirm their
allegiance to the service of Ghana.
“Our dedication and
zeal to continue to make our motherland great will be evident in our commitment
towards ensuring peace.”
Obed Boamah Akwa, Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS), said the ceremony was a reminder
of the unique sacrifices of men and women of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) for
It was imperative
that those departed soldiers were honoured, he said, adding; “This is indeed
the surest bit to ensuring such sacrifices remain relevant in the lives of
people in the country.”
The CDS noted that
the occasion was an inspiration to clear the ideal path that could sustain
peace and development, which everybody wished for.
Five wreaths were
laid at the ceremony with Major Oduro laying the first one.
The second was laid
by Lt. Gen. Obed Boamah and the third by Major General Azure Ayamdo on behalf
Officer Daniel Addo, Sergeant Major of the Army, laid the fourth wreath while
the last was laid by the Head of Army Wives Association.
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