Memorial Service in Honor of Late President Mills
Amidst the outpour of grief and eulogies, members of the Diplomatic Corp, officials from the U.S. Department of State, Ghanaian Clergymen, Heads of Ghanaian Associations, memebers of the various political parties, the Ghanaian community and friends of Ghana gathered at the Embassy of Ghana to celebrate the life of the Late President, Prof John Evans Atta Mills on Friday.
Close to a thousand people attended the five-hour program that run from 7:00 pm to 12:00 midnight. The solemn evening began with an opening prayer, followed by the national anthem. Late President John Atta Mills’ Bio was read and heartrending eulogies from Embassy staff, former Ambassador to the U.S., Ambassador Kobby Koomson, Council of Ghanaian Associations (COGA), chapters of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Convention Peoples Party (CPP), and Achimota School Alumni. The climax was a moving solo performance by an Embassy Staff.
In his message, Very Rev. Kofi Bart-Martin of the Covenant Ghana Methodist Church in Silver Spring, Maryland, spoke about the President’s exemplary life and how a keen sense of purpose drove him to execute his duties in the face of criticism, detractions and ill health. He praised the Late President’s tenacity and ability to put Ghana first and foremost in all he did and his unique ability to exude confidence wherever he went. Ghana he said has lost a great leader and a fine gentleman.
The Methodist mass choir led the gathering to perform several hymns throughout the night.
The last post was also sounded as a mark of respect for the late President and Commander-in-Chief of the Ghana Armed Forces.