Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has launched the 2022 Veterans Administration of Ghana (VAG’s) 2022 Poppy Appeal for Funds, calling for the general public to appreciate the significance of the poppy.
Dr Bawumia launched the appeal for funds with the support of the Minister of Defence and the Chief of Defence Staff on Thursday, October 28th 2022 in Accra.
Speaking during the ceremony, Dr Bawumia called on Ghanaians, particularly students and young people, to appreciate the significance of the poppy, a global symbol of remembrance for the suffering and great sacrifices of soldiers.
The artificial poppy was adopted by the world in 1921, as a symbol of remembrance for the suffering and great sacrifices by soldiers during the first and second world wars; and the poppy has since become a universal symbol, which reminds the world of the horrors of wars and the need to support their victims.
According to Dr Bawumia, Ghana has virtually no poppy culture whereas in Europe and other parts of the world, wearing the poppy is commonplace at this time of year.
He called on Ghanaians to strengthen our appreciation of our gallant war veterans and support their welfare through the poppy,
Dr Bawumia further appealed to the Ghana Education Service, National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), and the media, to assist VAG to popularise the significance of the poppy among the general public, particularly pupils and students of public schools, where knowledge of the poppy is almost non-existent.
The Veterans Administration of Ghana is a body of ex-servicemen responsible for the welfare and well-being of its members.