Accra, March 6, GNA - A colourful parade was on Tuesday held at the Independence Square in Accra, to commemorate Ghana's 55th independence anniversary.
Contingents from the Ghana Army, Navy, Air-force, Police, Fire Service, Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority and Ghana Immigration Service, thrilled the crowd, with different styles of military display and marching.
About 1,200 pupils and students from six private basic schools and five Senior High Schools in Accra Metropolis marched alongside the security agencies to mark the day.
As early as 0630 hours, the contingents began to arrive, while the public were trooping in and gradually filling up all the public stands at the square.
Later Members of the Diplomatic Corps, Members of Parliament, Ministers of State and Members of the Council of State also arrived.
Former President Jerry John Rawlings and wife, Nana Konadu arrived before Vice President John Dramani Mahama followed by President John Evans Atta Mills.
President Mills took the salute on the dais after lighting the perpetual flame before the march past by the contingents, pupils and students at the square adorned with the national colours.
Some food vendors took opportunity to make some money at the celebration on the theme "Sustaining Peace and Unity for Democracy and Development".