The reason for this parade is known to all of you. We are celebrating the historic inauguration of our Republic and your presence here this afternoon, serves particularly to emphasise the importance of your work as defenders of our State. As I assume the office of Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of our country, I feel confident that everyone of you, whatever your position, will also feel a keen sense of responsibility to your nation and be urged towards a resolve to offer your best.
The cardinal qualities of obedience, loyalty and courage must at all times take priority in your considerations as soldiers of the State of Ghana. I will endeavour to keep in mind the necessity for making adequate provision for your needs, and as your Commander-in-Chief, I will jealously guard your interests.
Passing through this hectic period of transition, Ghana needs the patriotic services of all of us. Above all, she needs the requisite peace, internal and external, to pursue her life undisturbed. Your role as soldiers in this regard is of the highest importance. We are determined to build a stable society and you have a duty to guard with interest and vigilance our hard-won freedom.
I am highly impressed by your superb martial bearing and your smart turn-out and I wish to express to you my warmest thanks for the important role you have played in the inauguration activities. I would like particularly to express my personal gratitude to your able General, who, together with other officers of high rank, have spared no efforts to make this historic occasion so great a success.