Independence Parade
Independence Parade

Thousands of schoolchildren, public and civil savants, traditional rulers, people in the private sector and traders on Wednesday thronged the Ho Jubilee park to celebrate the country’s 62 independence anniversary.

At about 0730 hours, the park was jam-packed awaiting the start of the anniversary parade at 0800 hours.

The security had it tough controlling the crowd, which kept surging on the parade ground.

A total of 1,196 schoolchildren from 26 basic and senior high schools joined eight contingents of security personnel, a contigent from the Nation Builders Corps from the Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority and six cadet corps in the anniversary parade.

“One man contractor,” a middle-aged man, noted for voluntarily fixing bad roads in the Ho township with gravel, stole the show with his quick march past.

Dr. Archibald Yao Letsa, Volta Regional Minister reviewed the parade under the command of Major Alfred Ampong of the 66 Artillery Regiment (Volta Barracks).

The anniversary was on the theme, “celebrating peace and unity.”

The Regional Minister said as the country celebrated its 62nd independence anniversary, “we celebrate the strength that comes from speaking with a united voice. We celebrate the coming together of different people to make the united and strong nation of Ghana.”

“Ghana our beloved country has come a long way as a peaceful and independent country among the comity of nations. Through the pursuit of prudent socio-economic, domestic and foreign policies over the years, the past and current governments of our country have achieved an image of respectability for our nation on the global stage.

“It is therefore very vital that the current generation continue to pursue programmes and initiatives that would keep on demonstrating our responsible nature in all spheres,” he said.
Sonrise Airforce Cadet came first in the march past followed by Mawuli School Army Cadet and Ola Naval Cadet, in that order.

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