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Prez Sirleaf declares Sunday as Liberias Independence Day

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 President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf
President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf

 ( 25, 2015)-President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has, by proclamation, declared Sunday, July 26, as Liberia’s Independence Day to be celebrated throughout the Republic as a National Holiday.

According to the Proclamation, since the Day falls on Sunday, it will be commemorated on Monday, July 27.

The official festive celebration will take place under the theme: "Celebrating Our Community as a Strong Foundation for Accelerated Development."

A Foreign Ministry release quotes the Proclamation as having urged all Liberian citizens and foreign residents to observe the event and having ordered government offices and business houses closed during the day’s 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 to gather with one purpose in their respective places of worship, regardless of religious creed.

All those named are also urged to gather Friday, July 24 in each city, town, village, hamlet, home to offer thanks and praises to God for his manifold blessing showered upon the nation throughout the ages, it said.

The Proclamation also urged all those named to beseech 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 was set aside by the National Legislature as a public holiday to be celebrated as "Independence Day" of the country, the Proclamation noted. 

The release also urged the Government and people of Liberia to continue recognizing the Almighty God’s miraculous deliverance of the state for which the nation must give thanks, adoration and praises unto Him and commemorate the brave and timely decision of its forebears on July 26, 1847.

After due deliberation of the settlement’s future and, facing colonial challenges and threats, the Founding Fathers did publish to the world the memorable historic instrument known as the “Declaration of Independence.”

The Commonwealth of Liberia announced to the world that Liberia is a free and sovereign State thereby warding off encroachment from any colonial power and becoming the first Independent African Republic, the Proclamation added.


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