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Prez. Sirleaf lauds past leaders, honors the Dead

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President Sirleaf Pays Homage to Liberia's 18th President, William V.S. Tubman
President Sirleaf Pays Homage to Liberia's 18th President, William V.S. Tubman

(elbcradio.com/Mar. 10, 2016) - President Ellen Johnson– Sirleaf, has hailed contributions made by former Liberian Presidents to the Government and People of Liberia.

President Johnson-Sirleaf prayed for the dead in recognition of their services to humanity and the society at large to mark this year’s National Decoration Day.

The Day is in consonance with the 1916 Act of the National Legislature, declaring the Second Wednesday of March each year as ‘Decoration Day’ and to be observed as a National Holiday.

The Liberian Leader said: “The Presidents have played invaluable leadership roles that greatly contributed to the overall development of the country and its people.”

President Johnson-Sirleaf spoke Wednesday, March 9, 2016 when she paid homage to former Presidents, William R. Tolbert, Jr. and William V. S. Tubman on Center Street and the Centennial Memorial Pavilion in Monrovia.

At the same time, she also laid wreaths on the tombs of Bishop Michael Kpakelah Francis and the three Catholic Nuns murdered during the Liberian Civil War.

President Sirleaf also visited the National Ebola Cemetery in Margibi County where thousands of Liberians who died of Ebola were cremated during the Ebola crisis.

“I pray for the peaceful repose of the souls of other Liberians who departed this world and wish God’s remembrance and protection for the nation,” President Sirleaf noted. 

The National Ebola Cemetery in Margibi County.

In other parts of Liberia, the Day was remembered with a massive turnout of family members and loved ones engaged in the cleaning and laying of wreaths on the graves of their relatives.

The observance of the Day was also characterized by jubilant performances by some families occasioned by drumming and singing, while for others the ceremony was a moment of sadness for hundreds of families whose relatives were buried at the National Ebola Cemetery and elsewhere in the country.

This year’s Decoration Day, according to our nation-wide reports, did not record any violent activities during the celebration.

 


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