Liberia’s 168th Anniversary Must Help Sustain The Peace

PRESIDENT ELLEN JOHNSON Sirleaf has by proclamation declared Sunday, July 26, 2015 as Independence Day to be celebrated throughout the Republic as a National Holiday.

THE PROCLAMATION, HOWEVER, added that since the Day falls on Sunday, it will be commemorated on Monday, July 27, 2015. According to an Executive Mansion release, the official festive celebration will take place under the Theme: “Celebrating Our Community As A Strong Foundation For Accelerated Development”.

THE PRESIDENTIAL PROCLAMATION urges all citizens and foreign residents within the borders of Liberia to observe the event as such and orders Government offices and business houses closed during the observance from six o’clock ante meridian to six o’clock post meridian.

THE PROCLAMATION FURTHER requests all Prelates, Priests, Deacons, Evangelists Imams, Elders and other members of the Sacerdotal Order, regardless of religious creed to gather with one purpose in their respective places of worship in each city, town, village, hamlet, home, especially on Friday, July 24, 2015 and Sunday, July 26 2015 to offer thanks and praises to God for his manifold blessings showered upon the nation throughout the ages and beseech Him for his continuing goodness and beneficence toward mankind, especially the Liberian people.

UNDER THE PATRIOTIC and Cultural Observances Law title 25, Liberian Codes of Law Revised, the 26th day of July each year is set aside as a public holiday to be appropriately celebrated as “Independence Day” of Liberia.

THE RELEASE SAYS it is in grateful recognition of the miraculous deliverance that the Almighty God extended to the Government and People of Liberia for which the nation must give thanks, adoration and praises unto Him for saving the state as well as to commemorate the brave and timely decision of its forebears on July 26, 1847.

AFTER DUE DELIBERATION of the future of the “Settlements” and facing colonial challenges and threats, the Founding Fathers did publish to the world that historic and immoral instrument known as the Declaration Of Independence by which the Commonwealth of Liberia became and was presented to the comity of nations as a free and sovereign State thereby warding off encroachment from any colonial power and becoming the first Independent African Republic, the Proclamation declared.

AS WE CELEBRATE this very essential National Day marking the 168 years of existence of the Republic of Liberia, Liberians must strengthen their resolve to foster unity, reconciliation and peace.

LIBERIANS MUST FORM a common front when it comes to the issue of building and sustaining the peace which many patriotic Liberians and Liberia’s external partners work to achieve following the nation’s dark days of civil conflict. With peace the nation can achieve its development goals, ensure economic growth and better the living condition of the people.

LAST WEDNESDAY, AS a result of peace, a modern multi-million dollars structure to house the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) was dedicated and with peace Liberia stands to achieve her development goals and relentlessly strive to be a committed member of the humane community.

LET THIS 168TH Independence Day celebration remind Liberians that we must be our brothers keepers, continue to maintain the peace in a bid to live in a community characterized by love, care and oneness.