On Sunday the dead of two world wars were remembered throughout the British Commonwealth. It?
General Gowon and military and civic leaders attending service; laying wreaths reviewing march past.
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Background: On Sunday the dead of two world wars were remembered throughout the British Commonwealth. It was a particularly poignant ceremony in Nigeria, where many have died in the fighting during the civil war. General Gowon, the military head of state, led the nation in remembrance.
Rear Admiral Wey, the Commander in Chief of the Nigerian Navy who represented General Gowon at the service last year, was an early arrival at the Christ Church Cathedral for the remembrance service. Representatives of all three services past and present were at the service as well as civic leaders.
After the service the Nigerian leaders went to the national war memorial at Idumota. General Gowon laid a wreath on behalf of all the people of Nigeria, then came wreaths from the branches of the armed forces followed by a wreath from the newly-appointed Administrator of Enugu, Mr. Ukpabi Asika. Enugu was the centre of the Nigerian rebellion.
General Gowon then reviewed a parade of soldiers, sailors, airmen, and veterans of two world wars.
Nigerian soldiers fought with Commonwealth troops in many theatres of war including India, Burma, West Africa and North Africa.