President Ellen Johnson – Sirleaf has by proclamation declared Wednesday, July 26 as Liberia’s “Independence Day” to be observed throughout the country as a National Holiday.
The day marks the West African nation’s 170th independence celebration since it announced to the world in 1847 that it was an independent nation.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs here says this year’s independence celebration is expected to be observed in the City of Monrovia, Montserrado County, under the theme “Sustaining the Peace”.
July 26 is set aside each year as a public holiday to be known as “Independence Day” and appropriately celebrated. Chief Executive Mrs. Sirleaf is calling upon all citizens of the Republic and all foreign residents within the borders of Liberia to observe the day. She has directed that all government offices and business houses be closed on July 26 from six o’clock ante meridian to six o’clock postmeridian.
President Sirleaf is requesting all citizens in solemn cooperation with all prelates, priests, deacons, evangelists, imams, elders and other members of the sacerdotal order, regardless of religious creed, to gather together with one purpose in their respective places of worship and offer thanks and praises to God for his blessings upon the nation.
The proclamation says citizens are to gather in each city, town village, hamlet, home, especially in the City of Monrovia, Montserrado County on Friday, July 21 and Sunday, July 23, and offer thanks and praises to God for his blessings showered upon the nation in past and present times.
She urges citizens to beseech God for his continuing goodness and beneficence towards all peoples and nations of the earth, especially, the people of the Republic of Liberia.
President Sirleaf stresses that it is meek, right and Liberia’s binding duty, in grateful recognition of the blessings and miraculous deliverances which His Almighty hand has extended to the Nation and State to give thanks, adoration and praise unto God for saving the State and to commemorate the brave and timely decision of “our” forebears on July 26th, 1847.–Press release