Flt Lt Rawlings seized power from the late President Dr Hilla Limann of the People™s National Party through a military coup on 31st December 1981 and ruled as Military Leader till he was democratically-elected in 1992 and 1996 and handed over to former Head of State Mr John Agyekum Kufuor of the New Patriotic Party on January 7, 2001.
The Anniversary is marked to remember those who laid down their lives in defence of the Revolution.
Former President Rawlings, who spoke after lighting the perpetual flame, sought God™s guidance for the people of Ghana as well as President John Dramani Mahama as he prepares to take up the mantle as the fourth elected President of the Fourth Republic.
He prayed for God to provide President Mahama with the wisdom to pick men and women of integrity to man his administration and the courage to śprevent leeches, parasites, thieves and liars from taking refuge at the corridors of powerť.
He called on Ghanaians to resolve in 2013 to work to improve sanitation across the country because of the major health issues that have surfaced as a result of poor sanitation.
Former Rawlings appealed to the citizenry to commit a little more energy to the fight against unsanitary and unhygienic situations.
śI am making a serious appeal as Typhoid and other related diseases are very serious.
śIt is shameful,ť he noted.
Flt Lt Rawlings paid glowing tribute to persons like Dr Ayirebi Acquah, Warrant Officer Albert Baffa and Warrant Officer Salifu for their sense of bravery and fortitude during the early days of the revolution.
He recounted how Dr Acquah left his lucrative job in Zimbabwe to return to Ghana at the onset of the revolution and how the doctor™s only Volvo saloon car was used to inaugurate branches of the June 4 Movement across the country.
He said he knew some who had run away when others were exhibiting sheer bravery and scoffed at the fact that such cowards who he declined to name were sometimes quick to jump on the band wagon and even claim leadership roles.
Dr Acquah said: śThis is one more honour President Rawlings has accorded me.
Am most grateful to him and Ghanaians for tolerating me in high office for 15 years.ť
He urged people in government to demonstrate a sense of integrity to avoid bribery and corruption.
Nii Dodoo Nsaki II, Otublohum Mantse and Acting President of Ga Traditional Council, said the Revolution gave birth to the democracy the country was enjoying.
He prayed for peace and unity and expressed the hope that peace would prevail in the country to portray Ghana as a beacon of democracy in Africa.
He laid a wreath on behalf of the traditional rulers, whilst Nii Laryea Afotey Agbo, Greater Accra Regional Minister, laid a wreath on behalf of the people of Ghana.
Dr Acquah with the assistance of Warrant Officer Ben Dalla and Warrant Officer Nick Gbeku laid a wreath on behalf of the security services.
Madam Peace Aryee of the 31st December Women™s Movement laid one on behalf of the cadre corps.
attendance at the function were Ministers of State the security agencies,
Cadres, NDC supporters, and a host of sympathisers.