- Title: GHANA: REMEMBRANCE DAY OBSERVED.
- Date: 14th November 1972
- Summary: 1. LV Col. Acheampong out of car and on to saluting base 0.05 2. GV & CU troops lined up (2 shots) 0.15 3. CU Colonel Acheampong salutes 0.16 4. CU Chief of Defence Staff Brigadier Ashley-Larsen salutes 0.20 5. GV Flags 0.26 6. SCU Cleric reads service 0.29 7. LV People attending service (5 shots) 0.47 8. LV & SV Cenotaph 0.56 9. SV Col. Acheampong lays wreath 1.12 10. LV Naval and police contingents lined up 1.20 11. SV British High Commissioner lays wreath 1.26 12. CU Wreaths on cenotaph 1.31 Initials ES. 1430 ES. 1500 Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
- Embargoed: 29th November 1972 12:00
- Location: ACCRA, GHANA
- Country: Ghana
- Reuters ID: LVA36UWJN3Z38URHF7CAATNSROU6
- Story Text: The Head of State of Ghana and Chairman of the National Redemption Council, Colonel I.K. Acheampong, laid a wreath at Independence Square in Accra to mark Remembrance Day (11 NOVEMBER).
Other wreaths were placed around the cenotaph in the square by the Chief of Defence Staff, Brigadier R.Y.B. Ashley-Larsen and representatives in Ghana of various foreign governments.
The service remembered the dead of both World Wars and other conflicts including the Untied Nations peace-keeping operations in the Congo.
SYNOPSIS: Remembrance Day to honour Ghana's war dead was celebrated in Accra's Independence Square with a religious service and laying of wreaths. Ghana's Head of State and Chairman of the National Redemption Council, Colonel Ignatious Acheampong, led the ceremonies in the square. Chief of Uganda's defence staff, Brigadier Ashley-Larsen also took part in the services at Accra's cenotaph.
The religious services included hymns and prayers of both the Christian and Muslim faiths. The Binyon Verses - poetry paying tribute to those killed in battle -- were also read at the ceremonies, which commemorated the dead of the two World Wars and other conflicts including the Untied Nations peace-keeping operations in the Congo. After the services, wreaths were laid around the foot of the cenotaph.
First in order of precedence was Colonel Acheampong, the Head of State. Wreaths were also laid by the Chief of Defence, other high-ranking Ghanaians, representatives of other British Commonwealth countries and the Diplomatic Corps. The ceremonies at Accra were part of a series of non-denominational services held in regional capitals throughout Ghana.
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