Ghana Navy organises memorial service for departed colleagues

By Mildred Siabi-Mensah, GNA

Sekondi, Sept. 15, GNA – The Ghana Navy on
Friday held a memorial service for naval personnel who lost their lives in line
of various authorized duties both home and abroad.

A number of naval personnel have paid the
ultimate price both on internal and external operations in the pursuit of
global peace and security and it was in the memory and honour of these fallen
heroes that the Armed Forces High Command allowed the Ghana Navy to set aside
September 14 every year to commemorate the life and achievement of the fallen
comrades.

The Rear Admiral Peter Kofi Faidoo, Chief of
Naval Staff said it was prudent for them to remember such gallant men who
voluntarily or on order gave themselves to the service of Ghana but could not
return home to earn the title, “Retired”.

He said, “Our country called and they
answered, some volunteered, but no matter how each of them found their way into
the ranks of the Navy, each took it upon himself to serve faithfully and to
their fullest…their acts are commendable as they accepted the inherent risks
that come with the wearing of the uniform”.

Rear Admiral Faidoo said the memorial service
was therefore an opportunity to remember naval officers and ratings
particularly the infamous shelling of GNS YOGAGA in Liberia on September 14,
1990 and those who were callously murdered in the base on February 4, 1982 as
well as those who died in peace keeping missions throughout the world.

“It is said that barely some eight hours
after their arrival at Liberia, their ship came under mortar attack from one of
the factions involved in the civil war resulting in the death of the gallant
officers and sailors”.

“Our memorial service is to assure families of
our continual appreciation for the service rendered by these fallen heroes and
inspire the younger generation to continue on their path in selfless defence of
peace, both globally and in our dear country, knowing that they died for a good
cause”.

Dr Kwaku Afriyie, the Western Regional
Minister said the government recognise with pride not only the supreme
sacrifices of the fallen heroes but also the selfless contributions of men and
women in uniform to international peace and security.

He said the government would continue to
address most of the administrative challenges of the service to enable them to
give of their best.

“It is my fervent prayer that this service
occasion of remembrance will inspire all of us to rededicate ourselves to the
service of humanity with courage and love as demonstrated by these gallant
men”.

GNA

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