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Liberians observe Decoration Day, want Govts intervention

Kolubah Zayzay/Joseph T. Koon

elbcradio.com/March 11, 2015)Thousands of Liberians Wednesday, March 11, 2015, gathered at various grave sites throughout  the  country to pay homage to their fallen loved ones and relatives  in commemoration of Decoration Day.

According to our reporter, many people who turned out in Monrovia and its environs, left their respective grave sites with disappointment.

One account of the wonders of the celebration indicates that at the Palm Grove Cemetery located on Center Street in Monrovia, many people left with disappointment because they could neither identify nor find the graves of their relatives and loved ones as they were either destroyed by criminals or erosion.

As a result of criminals’ persistent infiltration into the cemetery, the Liberian Government fenced the facility to curb the situation but to no avail.

Another account of the celebration also indicates that up to press time, many frustrated loved ones and relatives of the dead, were seen returning to their respective homes with materials they had taken along with them to decorate their graves.

A loved one who begged for anonymity, said: “This kind of behavior is very bad. We have come to decorate our grave. We can’t even find it,” the gentleman grieved in tears.

While some well-wishers were happy, others were frustrated all day long.

Meanwhile, the aggrieved Liberians are calling on Government to deploy security at the Palm Grove cemetery to stop the continued destruction of graves at the cemetery.

As part of activities making the observance of National Decoration Day, the graves of several fallen statesmen were also decorated.

In a Presidential Proclamation, Decoration Day is celebrated on the second Wednesday of March each year and is being observed as a National Holiday throughout the country.

According to our reporter, many people who turned out in Monrovia and its environs, left their respective grave sites with disappointment.

One account of the wonders of the celebration indicates that at the Palm Grove Cemetery located on Center Street in Monrovia, many people left with disappointment because they could neither identify nor find the graves of their relatives and loved ones as they were either destroyed by criminals or erosion.

As a result of criminals’ persistent infiltration into the cemetery, the Liberian Government fenced the facility to curb the situation but to no avail.

Another account of the celebration also indicates that up to press time, many frustrated loved ones and relatives of the dead, were seen returning to their respective homes with materials they had taken along with them to decorate their graves.

A loved one who begged for anonymity, said: “This kind of behavior is very bad. We have come to decorate our grave.
We can’t even find it,” the gentleman grieved in tears. While some well-wishers were happy, others were frustrated all day long.

Meanwhile, the aggrieved Liberians are calling on Government to deploy security at the Palm Grove cemetery to stop the continued destruction of graves at the cemetery.

As part of activities making the observance of National Decoration Day, the graves of several fallen statesmen were also decorated.

In a Presidential Proclamation, Decoration Day is celebrated on the second Wednesday of March each year and is being observed as a National Holiday throughout the country.

 


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