Three years ago, we assembled here to celebrate the first National Founder’s Day. Today is the first anniversary of that occasion since Ghana became a Republic. Many kind messages and good wishes have reached me for the fifty- first anniversary of my birthday. I am indeed happy to share with you and to witness the spontaneous demonstration of your loyalty and affection for the Republic.
I hope you still bear in mind the messages which have been read to you on my behalf on similar occasions in the past. Remember that great responsibilities will be placed on you as you grow up to take your place in future as leaders of the Nation. You must therefore equip yourselves now for these responsibilities by learning your lessons diligently, both at school and at home, and by obeying and respecting all who are placed in authority over you. Only in this way can you develop that high sense of duty which will enable you to discharge selfless and honest service to Ghana. We have laid the foundations of the Nation; it will be your duty to build upon them in the years to come. In the pursuit of this objective, you should pledge yourselves not only to make Ghana great and strong, but also to make her command, the respect of all Africa and of the world. Above all, you must love Ghana with a passionate love that can offer the highest sacrifice without demur.
Today school children everywhere in the country will march past and salute the Flag of Ghana. It is to this great Flag, which symbolises the rich soul of our Nation, that we owe our loyalty and devotion to service. l am aware that twice daily you recite the National Pledge in your schools. Today, however, we have assembled here to witness a public renewal of the pledge "to be faithful to Ghana, our motherland, to serve her with all our strength and all our heart, and always to uphold her good name." Let this pledge inspire all of you, as you march to salute the Flag of Ghana, and may you jealously keep it all times.