Ghanaians never joke with their 6th March celebration because it is a special day for the country.
Social Studies lessons way back in school tells how Ghana gained independence from her colonial masters, and was eventually set free on March 6, 1957.
This happy independence declaration was made by Ghana’s first president and prime minister, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah.
There are many memories, sweet and sour ones, that most Ghanaians can have of 6th March in the past and even now.
YEN.com.gh brings you four things about 6th March that most Ghanaians are sure to remember. Some of these things would also remind most people about their days as class six pupils.
1. March past: Most people are sure to remember the days when they had to take part in 6th March rehearsal back in school. For some schools that do not have a cadet corp, the whole rehearsal and selection process becomes frightening for fear that one would not get the nod to take part in the march past.
There is disappointment and excitement when the selection process ends. Nevertheless, all pupils are happy that the day remains a holiday.
2. 28th February shooting: Ghanaians also remember that unfortunate shooting incident involving three military men – Private Odartey, Sergeant Adjetey, and Corporal Attipoe. These gallant unarmed soldiers were among a group of soldiers who were killed in the 1948 Riots. That riot was the beginning of the Independence process for Ghana.
3. Declaration: The famous Independence Day Declaration made by Dr. Kwame Nkrumah is another thing that Ghanaians can never forget. Even these days, the electronic media plays back those scenes in which Kwame Nkrumah, together with the other members of the 'Big Six' make the Independence Declaration.
We hear Dr. Kwame Nkrumah say “….Ghana, your beloved country, is free forever...” the 'Big Six included: Dr. J.B. Danquah, Mr. Ako Adjei, Mr. Obetsebi Lamptey, Mr. Edward Akufo-Addo, Mr. William Ofori-Attah, and Dr. Kwame Nkrumah himself.
4.: Tourist Attraction: The mention of 6th March also brings to mind the various tourist sites in Ghana. Most of these are the castles left along the coast of Ghana by the colonial masters. Talk of the Christianburg Castle, the Elmina Castle, Cape Coast Castle, and the many others.
A visit to these sites brings fresh memories and nostalgic feelings to Ghanaians, especially school children when they go on excursions.
This holiday, make it a point to visit one of these historic sites with your family to have a feel of the past.
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