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Prez. Sirleaf declares July 26 National Holiday

By Edward Kennedy
 As parts of activities to mark JULY '26' , President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf honored  Mrs. Lottie Moore Jartu,    for service to her country. She  was admitted into the Most Venerable Order of the Knighthood of the Pioneer, with the Grade of Dame Com
As parts of activities to mark JULY '26' , President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf honored Mrs. Lottie Moore Jartu, for service to her country. She was admitted into the Most Venerable Order of the Knighthood of the Pioneer, with the Grade of Dame Com

(mylbsonline.com/Liberia)-President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has declared Friday, July 26, 2013 as “National Independence Day.”

The Day is to be celebrated throughout the Republic as a National Holiday.

The Day’s declaration is contained in a Presidential proclamation issued Monday, July 22, 2013 by President Johnson-Sirleaf.

The proclamation calls on all citizens and foreigners alike within Liberia’s territorial borders to observe the “historic” event from six o’ clock Ante Meridian to six o’ clock Post Meridian.

The statement also ordered that all government offices and business houses throughout the country be closed during the observance of the day.

The  Liberian  leader  requests  that all Prelates, Deacons, Evangelists, Imams,  Elders and other members of the Sacerdotal Order, regardless of Religious Creeds, gather with one purpose in their respective places of worship and offer  thanks and praises  to the Almighty God for His  bountiful blessings showered upon the Nation and its people.

The President wants all religious leaders to gather, especially on Friday, July 19, 2013 and Sunday, July 21, 2013 to offer thanks and praises to the Almighty God for his continued goodness and beneficence towards all mankind, especially the Liberian people.

“It is the binding duty of Liberians, in grateful recognition of the bountiful blessings the Almighty has extended to the nation and people,” it recounts.

The proclamation added: “In the spirit of accelerating development in the 15 political sub-divisions of Liberia, the official celebration of the event will be held in Tubmanburg, Bomi County.

"Bomi County will host the celebration, in collaboration with Grand Cape Mount and Gbarpolu Counties, respectively under the theme: “Consolidating Peace & Reconciliation for Transformation," the proclamation also said.”

The Proclamation is in consonance with the “Patriotic Observances Law,” Title 26, of the 1956 Liberian Code of Law, which sets aside the 26th day of July each year as a public holiday to be appropriately celebrated as “National Independence Day.”

“After due deliberations on the future of the “Settlements” and facing colonial challenges and threats, Liberia’s founding fathers published to the world the historic and Immortal Instrument known as the “Declaration of Independence,” the Proclamation noted.

By the Declaration of Independence, the Commonwealth of Liberia became recognized among the Comity of Nations as a Free, Sovereign and Independent State.

The Declaration of Independence thereby halted further encroachment on the Liberian territory by any colonial power and became the First Independent African Republic, the statement concluded.

 


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