The Veteran Association of Ghana (VAG), in collaboration with the Eastern Regional Co-ordinating Council, has held a wreath laying ceremony to mark the 68th Remembrance Day service parade in Koforidua on Monday.
The day is marked every year at the 11th hour on November 11 to commemorate the end of World War II and to salute officers who laid down their lives to ensure peace in the world.
Ms Helen Adjoa Ntoso, Eastern Regional Minister, Lieutenant Colonel Fredrick Ntim, Commanding Officer of 1BN, Michel Camp, Mr Emmanuel Kwame Osei, Regional Chairman of VAG, and Daasebre Professor Oti Boateng, Omanhene of New Juaben, laid wreaths on behalf of the Republic of Ghana, security services, veterans and the chiefs and people of the region respectively.
Contingents from the Ghana Armed Forces, the Ghana Immigration Service, the Ghana National Fire Service, the Ghana Police Service and the Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority displayed a high spirited performance to mark the day.
The veterans, some as old as 80 years, joined to remember their days in army uniforms while performing some drills, saluting and marching beautifully to remember the end of World War II, 68 years ago.
Mr Emmanuel Osei, Regional Chairman of VAG, in an interview with the Ghana News Agency, appealed to the Government to let the National Health Insurance Scheme cover all the healthcare needs of the veterans in the country, especially those living in the hinterlands.
“If someone offered to lay down his life for the nation, and by God’s grace he is still living after retirement, it is important that the state takes very good care of such a person,” he said.
Mr Osei urged the Government to intervene in reviewing veterans’ monthly stipend upwards since what they received presently, GH¢ 500.00, did not suffice for their upkeep and that of their families due to the rising cost of living in the country.
He entreated the Government to establish a scholarship scheme for children of veterans to cushion them in educating their children, especially in their old ages. GNA