Sierra Leone Julius Maada Bio Inaugurates 2020 Poppy Week Day in Reminiscence of Soldiers that Missed their Existences in the 1st and 2nd World Wars and the Eleven Civil War
By Abdul Rahman Bangura–
NEW AFRICA BUSINESS NEWS (NABN) Freetown- Sierra Leone’s President – Julius Maada Bio has inducted the 2020 Poppy Remembrance Week in respect of all military servicemen and women that forfeited their existences in the line of duty. Commissioner Rashid Thomas II, Co-Chairman Remembrance Day Planning Committee let out that, recalling the Poppy Day was often done by Heads of State, especially those of the Commonwealth of Nations.
He expanded that, the memorial of the day on November 11th every year was for the over 20 million officers who died during the World War. He remarked that, the observance is invariably preceded by a thanksgiving service. Rendering an assertion on behalf of the Sierra Leone Ex-Servicemen Association , Acting President – Lieutenant Colonel Rtd. Dominic Sowa, asserted that, they had always commemorated the Poppy Day as an associate to the Royal Commonwealth ExServices League in discerning a period of introspection of their comrades that lost their lives in the two World Wars and the eleven-year civil war in Sierra Leone.
“The significance of the National Remembrance Day is to demonstrate to the citizenry that those who lost their lives in the defense of their motherland are not only remembered but honored in a very special way,” he stated. Prior to the initiation of the 2020 Poppy Week Remembrance celebration, His Excellency Julius Maada Bio clarified that, all over the Commonwealth of Nations the Poppy Day was being commemorated to exhibit admiration to the fallen, the wounded and all those servicemen and women who had fulfilled in numerous warfares since 1914. “From Somme to Gallipoli; from the Northern Sahara to Burma; and in various theatres from the Congo, Darfur Somalia, Liberia and back home in Sierra Leone, our men and women have served with gallantry and distinction.
We honor their valor; we salute their great courage, and we will forever remember their sacrifices,” he maintained. The President warned the Ex-Servicemen Association to move forward to be gentle and law-abiding just as they fulfilled the country with fervor and dignity. He compelled them to continue to participate meaningfully to the security and development of the country.
For New Africa Business News Richard Adorsu Reports, Africa Correspondent
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