The President attends the Changing of the Guard ceremony at Jubilee House

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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo yesterday[September 26, 2022] witnessed impressive military exercises which marked the 34th changing of the guards in the forecourt of Jubilee House in Accra.

This latest change of guard saw the Ghana Navy take over guard duty at Jubilee House from the Ghana Army.
Changing of the guard is the process involving new guards exchanging duty positions with old ones.

The soldiers were dressed in their elegant military ceremonial uniforms, with the military band playing tunes that were turned into military tunes for slow and fast matches.

The exchange was also observed by the Chief of Staff of the President’s Office, Akosua Frema Osei-Opare.

Importance

The importance of the changing of the guard in all cases includes ensuring alertness and readiness at all times, ensuring all equipment is available and in working order at all times, l assessing the strength of soldiers on duty and ensuring maximum security at the point of duty.

It also aims to build unity and esprit de corps among the troops and the constant fortification of the duty point.

Ceremony

Although it was a 40 minute ceremony, the parade was no less impressive and colorful.

The Regimental Ceremonial Parade began at 9 a.m. sharp and ended at 9:40 a.m.

It is described as the noblest and proudest form of drill in military history and is believed to be the foundation of combat discipline in all armies.

It began with the playing of the national anthem and tunes from the central and naval bands, and with the permission of President Akufo-Addo, six officers and 84 men performed for the admiration of all, including special guests of the president, which included schoolchildren. from all over the country.

As tunes were played, including the popular song ‘Oye’, dignitaries and school children were seen spontaneously waving miniature Ghana flags.

Guests

Among the President’s guests who attended the ceremony were students from the Diamond Kids Inclusive School in the Eastern Region, which is made up mainly of hearing and speech impaired children; Ace School in Afienya, near Michel Camp, and Christ Ambassador Schools in East Oyarifa in Accra.

Other dignitaries were Defense and Home Affairs Ministers Dominic Nitiwul and Ambrose Dery respectively, as well as senior Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) and Inspector General of Police Dr. George Akuffo Dampare.

Three schools had the opportunity to take group photos at different times with the dignitaries, including the Vice President, who surprised the children by interacting with them.

Questions

After the ceremony, GAF officers interacted with the students and answered their questions.

Some of the questions the children asked were, “Why the change of custody? and ‘How can we become soldiers in the future?’

The officers took their time educating the children about the significance of the event, as well as the different units that made up the GAF.

Background

The Changing of the Presidential Guard at Jubilee House is similar to the Changing of the Guard Ceremony at Buckingham Palace in London, UK.

Instituted in Ghana on May 5, 2013, it is conducted with 20 old and new guards from different services/regiments (army, navy and air force), escort contingent, corps of drums and national/regimental flags, under the command of a captain (army) or its equivalent of the other services.

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