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National Bicentennial chases expectation

The Steering Committee for the National Bicentennial Commemoration KICK-OFF January 7, 2022, by President George Manneh Weah has released key events leading to and after the Official launch of the Bicentennial on February 14, 2022.  

The government announced that it has embarked on a year-long commemoration of 200 years of Liberia’s founding which began in earnest on January 7, 1822, when some 86 free slaves from the United States arrived in what is today called Liberia. 

On January 7, 2022, President George Manneh Weah officially kicked off the Bicentennial Commemoration on Providence Island where the free American slaves 200 years ago disembarked from Ship Elizabeth. The Kickoff event was attended by throngs of citizens, government officials and foreign dignitaries, including United States Ambassador Michael McCarthy.  

February is expected to be action-packed with several activities taking place in the nation’s capital, Monrovia, with the President of the Republic, Dr. George Manneh Weah, officially launching the Bicentennial Celebration on February 14 at the Samuel K. Doe Sports Stadium where a Cultural Festival will also take place. 

The SKD Sports Stadium events will be followed by a Heads of State Summit at the Executive Mansion Ground at 3:00 pm and a Grand Bicentennial Dinner Ceremony at 6:00 pm.

Prior to the February 14 events, the Bicentennial Commemoration will be factored into this year’s Armed Forces Day celebration on Friday, February 11 at the Barclay Training Center. There will also be a National Muslim Prayer Day at the Antionette Tubman Stadium on February 11.

According to the Statement, on Sunday, February 13, the Bicentennial Commemoration will be taken to the Executive Mansion Grounds for a National Christian Thanksgiving Service.

The celebrations continue on February 15 and 16 with the University of Liberia Founder’s Day International Conference which is organized by the University and the Bicentennial Steering Committee. 

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The Bicentennial Commemoration is being held under the theme, “Liberia: The Land of Return – Commemorating 200 Years of Freedom and Pan-African Leadership” while the slogan is, “The Lone Star Forever, Stronger Together.”

This, the government notes signifies the important historical milestones achieved by the country since it was founded in 1822 by free people of African descent and their patrons from the United States. https://thenewdawnliberia.com/liberia-kicks-off-bicentennial/

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