Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has joined contingents of the security services, including ex-servicemen, for a wreath-laying ceremony to commemorate the 74th anniversary of the Christianborg Crossroad shooting in Accra.
The incident, which happened in 1948, led to the deaths of three veteran soldiers who were part of unarmed veterans marching to the Osu Castle to present a petition to the then-colonial Governor, Colin Imray.
The petition was in protest at the pittance of payment received by way of gratuity after taking part in the 2nd World War, after several unsuccessful appeals to the colonial administration to be given something befitting.
The killing of ex-servicemen culminated in a series of anti-colonial actions and movements which led to the fight for independence of the Gold Coast to Ghana, in 1957.
The fallen heroes of the 28th February 1948 shooting incident included Sergeant Adjetey, Corporal Attipoe and Private Odartey Lamptey.
Dr. Bawumia, who was the guest of honour for the ceremony at the National Park, laid a wreath on behalf of the government and people of Ghana, while the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Rear Admiral Seth Amoama, laid a wreath on behalf of the Security Services.
Also, the Board Chairman of the Veterans Association of Ghana (VAG), Major General C. Yaachie (rtd), laid a wreath on behalf of the Veterans; and as well, Gbese Mantse, Nii Ayi-Bonte II, laid a wreath on behalf of traditional authorities.
Other dignitaries at the ceremony included the Minister of Defence, Dominic Nitiwul; Minister of Interior, Ambrose Dery; and Inspector General of the Ghana Police Service (IGP), Dr. George Akuffo Dampare.