Ghanaians held a solemn memorial service on Saturday (3 March) at the cenotaph at the Osu crossroads marking the spot where three ex-soldiers were killed by British police in 1948.
GV Scene at cenotaph
SV Men wait with wreaths
SV Troops lined up
SV Guests seated
CU Army officers
CU Service chief's seated
GV Cenotaph with guests (3 shots)
SV PAN Service chief saluting
SV Guests march as Brig. Bosauliel lays wreath
SV Guests watch as Nii Amugi The Ga Manche lays wreath
CU PAN Wreaths on cenotaph
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Background: Ghanaians held a solemn memorial service on Saturday (3 March) at the cenotaph at the Osu crossroads marking the spot where three ex-soldiers were killed by British police in 1948.
Saturday's service marked the 25th anniversary of the incident, called the "28th February shootings".
Participants walked from the Ghana Legion centre to the cenotaph, where hymns were sung and both Moslem and Christian prayers were held. Wreaths were laid by various army officers, the commissioner of police and members of the legion.
Major Archie Casley-Hayford, the national chairman of the Ghana Legion, gave a brief address at the cenotaph outlining the background and events at the time of the shooting.
The three men killed, Sgt. Adjetey, Cpl, Attipoe and Pte. Lemptey, were shot by police while they took part in a grievance march by unemployed ex-servicemen to the palace headquarters of the British governor, Sir Gerald Creasy. Ghane was then the Gold Coast, still a British colony.
Major Casley-Hayford called on the armed forces to dedicated themselves to the service of the nation and thanked the government for making it possible for the anniversary to be observed.