90-year-old veteran reads a powerful tribute to dead soldiers

90-year-old veteran reads a powerful tribute to dead soldiers

- Ghanaian veterans have commemorated the 73rd Remembrance Day service in Kumasi

- Present were high profile guests such as the regional minister, Simon Osei Mensah and the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II

- A 90-year-old veteran read a tribute that brought back memories of the World War II to his colleagues

A tribute read by a World War II veteran reportedly left his colleagues almost drowned in tears.

According to a report by MyNewsGH.com, 90-year-old Ex-Sergeant Samuel Kwabeng, read a few lines from a poem by Laurence Binyon, titled ‘For the fallen.’

His strained voice and command over the lines of the poem brought fond memories of the challenges of soldiers.

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Dominic Nitiwul, Minister of Defence Source: Supplied

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Other veterans were reportedly down in spirit as he read the poem at the 73rd Remembrance Day Service, held at the Cenotaph in Kumasi.

“They went with songs to the battle, they were young: Straight of limb, true of eyes, steady and aglow. They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted.

They fell with their faces to the foe. They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them”, Ex-Sergeant Kwabeng read on the solemn occasion.

The 73rd Remembrance Day has been observed for the fallen soldiers of the two World Wars at a solemn ceremony in Ashanti Regional capital Kumasi.

Present at the 2018 edition were guests such as the Ashanti Regional minister, Hon Simon Osei Mensah, ex-servicemen, the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II and members of the security agencies.

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Honourable Mensah and other personalities laid wreaths in memory of the departed heroes.

The Remembrance Day, which falls on November 11 every year, has been observed in Commonwealth member states since the end of World War I, to remember members of their Armed Forces who died in the line of duty.

The event is aimed at paying tribute to fallen Ghanaian soldiers who perished in their line of duty, and also honour the gallant officers and men, who contributed in diverse ways to sustain peacekeeping missions globally.

This was after the siren had been sounded to signify the end of hostilities at exactly 1100 hours at the 11th minute.

The last post was then sounded with a two-minute silence also being observed in remembrance of the departed souls.

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