Today, September 14, 2020, I joined the Ghana Navy led by the Chief of the Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Seth Amoama and the Western Naval Command, in a Memorial Day Parade to recognize and honour the selfless acts of gallantry and valour of our officers and ratings who lost their lives in the performance of their duty.

The selfless acts of these fallen personnel have earned the Ghana Armed Forces and Ghana in general, international reputation for high sense of discipline and professionalism in international peacekeeping mission.

In 1990, Ghana Navy deployed tactfully its peacekeeping personnel to Liberia, today, marked exactly thirty (30) years since GNS Yogaga as part of the Ghanaian contingent of the Economic Community of West African States Monitoring Group (ECOMOG) task-force that was seeking to restore peace to war torn Liberia was shelled in the Freeport by a militant faction involved in the conflict. Therefore, we honour these fallen officers and ratings, as well as others who have died in service.

All these gallant naval personnel died whiles pursuing the peace, security, safety and freedom of others not only in Ghana but in other war torn countries. It is therefore very important to honour them by celebrating this day with a remembrance service to demonstrate that the Nation in general and Ghana Navy in particular honours its heroes and heroines.

I used the opportunity to remind ourselves that coronavirus is still with us although together we’ve progressed in our fight against it, but we still needs to put our efforts together because together, we can win the war against this covid-19 pandemic.

Hon. Dr. Kwabena Okyere Darko Mensah, Western Regional Minister and MP Takoradi Constituency.

Source: Michael Kwame Owusu Zesty

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