Unveiling Statue
Unveiling Statue

Mr Dominic Nitiwul, Minister of Defence on Wednesday unveiled the statue of an ‘unknown veteran’ established by the Veterans Administration of Ghana (VAG) to honour ex-servicemen.

Captain Ben Edmund Duah (Rtd), Acting Executive Director, VAG Headquarters said the “unknown veteran” on February 28, 1948 in the company of Sergeant Adjetey, Corporal Attipoe, and Private Odartey Lamptey escaped, when the trio were killed during a confrontation with the agents of colonial masters.

He said the colonial master at the time, Great Britain had come to appreciate him and was now prepared to pay him £1000.00 each year for the next five years and when he dies within those years, the surviving wife or family would enjoy the benefit.

Mr Nitiwul said, apart from unveiling the statue of the unknown veteran, the occasion was also used to commemorate and recognise all veterans in Ghana.

He said the symbol of the statue was to acknowledge the inestimable contributions and sacrifices the ex-servicemen and women made towards the independence of the country.

“In order to serve as a symbolic remembrance of importance for sacrifices made by veterans, statues are built to commemorate historical events and exhibited in public buildings or places.

“I want to add that any nation that does not recognise the contributions of its heroes, will surely not get future heroes; that is citizens who will willingly lay down their lives for the nation,” he said.

He called for support and recognition for ex-servicemen in retirement as they swore oaths to defend the country at anytime, even at the peril of their lives.

He said their commitment and sacrifices to spend their youthful and active lives in serving the country brought about peace and tranquillity, which should not be taken for granted and government was committed to addressing their challenges.

Meanwhile Ex-Warrant Officer 1 (WO1) Bright Segbefia, Public Relations Officer of VAG explained that “the unknown veteran” was a singular description for all the 119 surviving servicemen who fought in the second world war.

Three wreaths were laid on behalf of the government and people of Ghana by Mr Nitiwul, for Ghana Armed Forces by Lt. Gen. Obed Boamah, Chief of Defence Staff; and for the Veterans by Maj. Gen. C. B. Yaache (Rtd), Board Chairman of VAG.

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