Views: 532 Ishmael A. Junourgh, Accra, 10/10/19, Thurs The Ghana military has celebrated this year’s (2019) Remembrance Day celebration in Accr...
Ishmael A. Junourgh, Accra, 10/10/19, Thurs
The Ghana military has celebrated this year’s (2019) Remembrance Day celebration in Accra, today (10/10/19).
The gust of honour on the occasion, the Minister of Local Government, Hajia Alima Mahama in a speech cast minds back to the toil and sacrifices made by Ghana soldiers who fought in the world war and said those gallant men who were still alive and widows of those who lost their lives whiles in the battle field deserved more appreciation and support.
She, therefore, joined in the poppy sales to raise funds to support the veterans.
She encouraged MMDCEs, the clergy and Imams to support the Ex-service join the campaign likewise.
The occasion witnessed the military band concert and the launch of 2019 Poppy Appeal.
11th November every year, the world celebrates this date, known as Remember Day or Poppy Day.
On the same date in 1918, the factions in the first world war came to an agreement, known as the Armistice, was signed between the allies and Germany.
During the heat offbeat the war in 1915, Maj John McCrae, a Canadian military surgeon, wrote a sad poem, “The Flanders Field.” the area talked about in the poem us located between Belgium and France. The poem runs like this:
In the Flanders fields the poppies blow between the crosses row on row., that Mark our place: and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the dead. Short days ago,
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and we loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The touch: be yours to hold it high.
If you break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though puppies grow
In Flanders fields.
The poem became very popular across the world. The poet described the horrors of wars how the numerous dead soldiers were pathetically buried, and how red poppies started to grow all over the graveyard where the soldiers were buried.
It is interesting to know that the poppy seeds can remain in the soil for long once the soil is not stirred or disturbed. The poppies started to shoot and blossom in the cemetery where the soldiers were been buried due to the bombing and the digging if graves for the burial of the soldiers.
The colours of the red poppy are Red, Black and Green. The red petals represent the blood of those who gave up their lives. The black button in the middle is for mourning while the green leaf shows the hope that the grass and crops growing after the war inspire.
Touching by the poem and the scene of the massively wounded soldiers, an American, Monica Michael, decided to make and dell silk puppies. They were taken to England by a French woman, Anna Guerin, 1921. The poppies surprisingly sold almost immediately and over 106,000 pounds was realised to help war veterans.
European countries, notably France and Britain, started wearing the poppy. The Royal British Legion had since been selling the poppy to rait funds for those who have been incapacitated by the war. Veteran worldwide have joined in the poppy campaign to raise funds for war veterans.
Ghana on each 11 November joins others to commemorate the death of all those who have sacrificed lives in the quest of world peace.
The end of world war two has not brought and end to conflicts in the world, as conflicts continue to occur and many soldiers and civilians under the United Nations Flag have lost their lives or been maimed during peace keeping and peace enforcement support operations.
The red poppy is therefore, worn as a symbol to remind the world of the horrors if wars and to honour those who lost their lives ir got injured in search of peace.
The veterans administration, Ghana. (VAG) is mandated by law, Act 844 if 2012, to run the affairs of all Ex-service personnel in the country. It had a membership of a little over 19,000 including 116 WW2 veterans and military Widows. For administrative purposes, VAG has 10 regions, 110 Districts and two Legion villages.
Money realised from the sales of poppy goes a long way to support the administration to live up to its core mandate.