As part of the country’s 65th Independence Day Celebrations which is being hosted by the Central Regional Capital, Cape Coast, a Christian prayer and thanksgiving was held yesterday at St. Francis De Sales Cathedral in the Cape Coast Archdiocese, to kick in the week-long celebration.
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The mass was presided by the Metropolitan Archbishop of Cape Coast, Most Rev Charles Gabriel Palmer-Buckle and the Archbishop Emeritus, Most Rev Mathias Kobina Nketsiah in a colourful ceremony attended by hosts of dignitaries including the Central Regional Minister Mrs Justina Marigold Assan, the Omanhen of Oguaa Traditional Area, Osabarimba Kwesi Atta II among other political figures in the Region.
In his homily, the Most Rev Palmer-Buckle called on the Christian community to show commitment to the country’s development plan and to eshew acts of individualism that slowed growth
He urged Christians not to confine their call to serve mankind to the church, but to expand it to their workplaces and other settings in order to help the country thrive.
He stressed that the Independence Day observance was a call to people to renew their commitment and become Patriotic in all aspects of life.
He further urged politicians to follow through on their oaths of office and put the citizens’ interests first.
The National Flag Hoisting Day will be held on Tuesday, March 1st, with participation from government agencies and corporate institutions across the country.
The president’s Independence Day Awards for schoolchildren will be held on Wednesday, March 2, with students on a tour of the Central Region’s castles and other historical monuments.
Friday, March 4th, has been designated as Moslem Prayer and Thanksgiving Day, with prayers and thanksgiving to be held in all mosques around the country, as well as an anniversary discussion to be held at Adisadel College by the Ghana Education Service.
Other activities would include the reenactment and declaration of independence to held in Cape Coast, Beyond The Return Vigil to be held at the Elmina Castle organised by the Ghana Tourism Authority and the 65th anniversary fireworks which is to be replicated in all Regional Capitals.
Every year on March 6, Ghanaians remember the country’s independence, which is widely celebrated by all Ghanaians, including those who live abroad.
The events mark Ghana’s independence from the United Kingdom in 1957. Carnivals, parades, and other celebrations are staged in public settings to mark the occasion.
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