4 things that 6th March surely brings to the mind of Ghanaians

4 things that 6th March surely brings to the mind of Ghanaians

Ghanaians treasure 6th March of every year because it is a special day for the country.

Social Studies lessons taught at both the junior and senior high schools tell how Ghana gained independence from colonial masters, and was eventually set free on March 6, 1957.

The independence declaration was thus made by Ghana’s first president and prime minister, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah.

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There are many memories the occasion brings to the mind of every Ghanaians.

YEN.com.gh brings you four things about 6th March that most Ghanaians are sure to remember.

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 opportunity to take part in the 6th March parade. There is disappointment and excitement when the selection process ends. But at the end of it all, everyone is happy that the day remains a holiday.

2. 28th February shooting: The struggle for independence started with the 1948 Riots. This led to the shooting of three military men – Private Odartey, Sergeant Adjetey, and Corporal Attipoe. These gallant unarmed soldiers were determined to shed their blood for Ghana to gain independence.

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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 play back those scenes in which Kwame Nkrumah, together with the other members of the 'Big Six' make the Independence Declaration.

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. We hear Dr. Kwame Nkrumah say “….Ghana, your beloved country, is free forever...” followed by shouts and cheers of all those present at the Independence Square on March 6, 1957.

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. These include 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.

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