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Christianburg Shooting Remembered

It was a solemn moment for those who attended the 66th Anniversary of the 28th February Christiansburg Crossroad Shooting Incidence at the Freedom Monument or Nationalism Park near the Independence Square in Accra on Friday.

The anniversary which is celebrated every year is in remembrance of the three ex-servicemen who were in 1948 shot dead by the colonial police led by Superintendent Imray, while they were marching peacefully to the Osu Castle to present a petition to the then Governor on their gratuities.

The three ex-servicemen who were shot dead by Superintendant Imray were Sergeant Peter Adjetey, Corporal Otam Attipoe and Private Odartey Lamptey.

The programme which began with both Christian and Muslim prayers at 0840was attended by government officials, traditional rulers, ex-servicemen, security agency officials, school children from Osu and ordinary Ghanaians.

Persons who attended the programme were ushered to their seats by official from the State Protocol while officers from the security officers directed traffic and directing vehicles as to where to park.

The gathering was treated to a display by 150 men and women drawn from the Army, the Navy, Police and the Air force who had their had their śat ease standÖ constantly interrupted by standing attention and saluting arriving officials.

Spectators also had their fair share of the discomfort by constantly standing up on the arrival of dignitaries and the playing of patriotic songs by the Armed Forces Band.

As if persons who came to watch the programme were warned before it commenced, no phone was heard ringing, which was usually the case during programme programme these days.

The most solemn moment came when names of the war veterans were called out one after the other.

The response of ťabsent sirŁ was heard from the veterans when the name of a departed colleague was mentioned three times.

Wreathes were laid by the Review officer, Mr Mark Woyongo who is the Defence Minister on behalf of Government and the people of Ghana, while Real Admiral Mathew Quarshie who is the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) also laid one on behalf of security services.

Commodore Steve Obimpeh, Chairman of the Veterans Association of Ghana (VAG), also laid one on behalf of the veterans with Nii Kinka Dowouna 111 Osu Mantse also laying the fourth one on behalf of traditional leaders.

The last one was laid by family members of Sergeant Peter Adjetey on behalf of the families of the fallen soldiers.

The programme which ended at 0925am came to an end after a national salute and the departure of Mr Woyongo and his entourage.

GNA

Source: GNA Story (http://www.ghananewsagency.org/social/christianburg-shooting-remembered-71443)
Published: 2014-02-28 16:07:28
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