BY: Vitalis Ugoh, Calabar
Cross River state Governor, Prof. Ben Ayade and members of his Exco yesterday in Calabar attended the 2023 Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebration.
At the colourful ceremony held at the Millennium Park Cenotaph in the state capital, the governor called on governments at all levels to reflect on the sacrifices ex-servicemen have made for the country.
According to Ayade, “today’s Armed Forces Remembrance Day brings to mind the pains, agony and melancholy of our fallen heroes.
“As we gather today to honour them, may it also be a great opportunity for us to sit back and reflect on the pains of those who are alive”.
” Some of these soldiers who fought so hard for the country are still alive, and retired but have challenges of livelihood. “Therefore, an opportunity like this beckons on government at all levels to reflect on the sacrifices these our sons and daughters have made for our country.”
The governor paid glowing tribute to the fallen heroes saying the oneness of Nigeria today would not have been possible but for the great heroes.
“As we genuflect and bow in their honour, may we also reflect on those who worked with us and those who served with us as the primary purpose of government is the people”, he stressed.
The event was attended by top government functionaries including the Deputy Governor, Professor Evara Esu, service commanders and traditional rulers who also laid wreaths at the tomb of the unknown soldier