As it celebrates 200 years of return
Monrovia: The Government of Liberia on Sunday, Feb. 13, held a national thanksgiving and intercessory service at the grounds of the Executive Mansion ahead of the official launch of the country’s bicentennial celebration and the return of President Weah to the Mansion on Monday, Feb. 14.
The program spearheaded by the Liberia Council of Churches brought together Christians from all denominations and government officials to express their gratitude to God for the nation’s 200 years of existence.
Liberia, a nation founded by freed American slaves in 1847, is observing the arrival of the first ship of freed slaves in 1822 on the Mayflower.
A group of eighty-eight free black men and women set sail from New York to the then British Colony, known as The Loin’s Mountain (present-day Sierra Leone) and in 1822 organized the first immigration of blacks to Africa to a land called the “Green Coast” now the Republic of Liberia.
The bicentennial which is a yearlong event has already been brought on the shores Hollywood Actor Amos Jones and other Americo-Liberians to set the stage for the celebration.
US President Joe Biden has already named a special delegation to represent the United States Government at the official launching ceremony today at the Samuel Kayon Doe Sports Complex, where several presidents including the President of Sierra Leone Julius Maada Bio and Gambian President Adama Barrow are expected to attend.
In his bicentennial message Archbishop Isaac S. Winker of the Isaac Winker Global Ministry, Dominion Christian Fellowship focused on reconciliation and prophesized hope for a better Liberia. He also spoke against those who speak evil against the government, saying they stand the risk of facing the wrath of the government.
Delivering his special message, President George Weah urged Liberians not to only reflect on the milestone of the founding fathers but also on what can be achieved in the future.
“Let me invite you to join me in looking beyond the Bicentennial into a new world of science and technology, into a new world of globalization, into a new world where liberty, equality, stability, justice, peace and prosperity under the rule of law are guaranteed for all our citizens.” Said, President Weah.
He told Liberians to look beyond the bicentennial to a new world where equal opportunities will exist for all citizens to achieve political, social, moral, religious and cultural advancement.
President Weah also took up the opportunity to lay out his plans for Liberia as he appears to gradually eye victory in 2023.
Weah: “Beyond this bicentennial, I envisage a new Liberia with basic social services for all, and with opportunities to enhance road connectivity, educational programs, adequate health care delivery and the creation of a national platform where all Liberians will live in peaceful co-existence with one another, in an atmosphere that fosters national unity and reconciliation.
But in order to achieve this, Weah urged Liberians to maintain the peace and stability the country enjoys today.https://thenewdawnliberia.com/bishop-brown-proposes-a-monument-for-bicentennial/