It has now been confirmed that there would be an oration during this year’s July 26 celebration of national independence Day next Saturday.
Yesterday, this paper reported that because of prevailing situation in the country, such as the Ebola disease, it is likely that there be no orator, has had been in normal protocol of activities marking the celebration.
But sources said there would still be an orator during the official program to take place at the centennial pavilion in Monrovia.
The Government of Liberia yesterday announced that in keeping with the Patriotic Observance Law of 1956, this July 26, the Nation’s 167th Independence Day, will be celebrated as a public holiday but with a divergence.
According to a Ministry of Foreign Affairs release, while traditional events preceding Independence Day, as well as the Formal Official Program, will continue, all other festivities have been called off.
The Office of the Chief of Protocol, Republic of Liberia, thereby announces the observance of the 2014 Independence Anniversary will thus be, as follows:
On Friday, July 18, and Sunday, July 20, respectively, Intercessory Prayers for the Nation will be held by Prelates, Priests, Deans, Evangelists, Imams, Elders and other members of the Sacerdotal Order, regardless of religious creed.
They will gather with one purpose, in their respective places of worship, in each city, town, village, hamlet and home, to offer thanks and praises to God for His blessings showered upon Liberia in past and present times and beseech Him for his continuing goodness and beneficiaries toward all peoples and Nations, especially the Republic of Liberia.
It is therefore a requirement that all Officials of Government assemble in mosques and churches on the specified dates.
On Thursday, July 24, at 4 p.m. in the C. Cecil Dennis, Jr. Auditorium, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the President of the Republic, Her Excellency Mrs. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Grand Master of the Order of the Distinctions of Liberia, will confer honors upon distinguished personalities/citizens for their invaluable services to the Nation and to humanity.
On Saturday, July 26, at 8 a.m., President Sirleaf, Commander- in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Liberia, will review the troops at the Barclay Training Center.
At 10 a.m., the Official Programme commemorating the 167th Independence Day will be held at the Centennial Memorial Pavilion on Ashmum Street, Monrovia, during which time the orator to be announced soon would deliver the oration.