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168th Flag Day Orator calls for patriotism

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( 24, 2015)-The 168th Flag Day Orator, Joseph Isaac, says Liberia can experience growth and development once Liberians exhibit high degree of patriotism.

Dr. Isaac, currently President of the African Methodist Episcopal University, said: “Through patriotism, Liberians will be able to protect their national heritage.”

He described the National Flag as a symbol of life and national freedom and therefore must be respected at all times and upheld by all Liberians. 

He also said, if Liberians demonstrate high degree of patriotism, they will begin recognizing the numerous contributions their ancestors made in fostering the nation.

Dr. Isaac spoke Monday, August 24, 2015 at the official program marking the observance of National Flag Day held at the Centennial Memorial Pavilion in Monrovia.

He then cautioned Liberians to promote their country’s image to the outside world by respecting the National Ensign. 

At the same time, Dr. Isaac has strongly spoken against calls for the changing of the Liberian Flag, noting: “Changing the Flag would cause the nation and people to lose their historical identity.”

He urged parents to teach their children about the importance and value of the Liberian Flag.

Dr. Isaac noted: “The National flag should be handled properly, because it serves as the symbol of the nation.”
The official National Flag Day program followed a parade through the principal streets of the Liberian Capital, Monrovia by 20 high schools.

In a recent Presidential Proclamation, Monday, August 24, 2015 was declared by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf as a National Holiday and the Day is being observed throughout the country with appropriate programs.

The Proclamation is in consonance with an Act of the National Legislature, approved on October 25, 1915 declaring the 24th day of August each year as National Flag Day.

The statement said it is important and befitting that the Day be commemorated annually by all citizens of the Republic in testimony of their allegiance and loyalty to the National Ensign,

The Proclamation also said it is important and relevant that the embodiment of the country’s existence as a sovereign entity be commemorated annually by all Liberians to encourage national pride and Patriotism.

It urges citizens and foreign residents within Liberia’s borders to give prominence to the observance by flying the National Ensign from each dwelling and Public Building across the country.

It also orders and directs the Ministry of Education and all other government agencies concerned to execute appropriate programs befitting the occasion.

The Proclamation further orders all government offices, public and business houses closed during the observance.

“The National Flag was designed and undertaken by a committee of ladies, led by Mrs. Susannah Lewis, and all talented and visionary citizens of the Republic at the time,” the Proclamation declares


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