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12.03.2007 General News

Liberation Barracks Holds Open day

By Ian Motey, Sunyani

Thousands of people from all walks of life last Friday converged at the Liberation Barracks to witness the annual open day of the Three Military Garrison here.

Military open days are observed throughout the country as part of Independence Day activities to showcase the operations and activities of the Armed Forces.

They are intended to demystify the military and forge closer relationship between the military and the civilian population.

Friday’s event featured a Quarter Guard inspected by the Deputy Regional Minister, Nana Kwadwo Kwakye, a photo exhibition, briefing on how the Liberation Barracks was established.

Captain J. K. Merediemah told the gathering that the infantry was first founded in the pre-colonial era and was based in Takoradi in the Western Region.

It was later relocated to Tamale but was disbanded during the First Republic.

However, after the overthrow of the First Republic, the then military regime re-established it in Sunyani under its present name.

Other activities were bugle calls and a silent drill at the parade square.

But the most delightful event of the afternoon was the weapon exhibition and test firing display.

After the soldiers had demonstrated the power of various guns, including the ones which contained 700 to 1300 rounds of ammunition per minute, some of the civilians including school children were also allowed to try their hands on the weapons.

Some of the students were also given a ride in a MOWAG round the barracks.

The Garrison Commander, Major Joseph K. Yekple, commended the people of the region for their co-operation with the military.

He said it was refreshing that both military and civilians have co-operated in various aspects of the planning to ensure a successful Golden Jubilee of the country.

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