President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has by Proclamation declared Thursday, November 6, 2014 as a National Thanksgiving Day and is to be observed throughout the Republic as a National Holiday.
The Proclamation calls on all Liberians and foreign residents, priests, imams, bishops, pastors clergies and all religious organizations in Liberia to gather together in their various places of worship to give thanks and praises to the Almighty God that His blessings and mercies may continuously rest upon the Nation and its people.
A Foreign Ministry release quotes the Proclamation as saying that at this moment of the Nation’s existence, the Liberian people are overwhelmingly confronted by a deadly Ebola disease which is wreaking havoc on the country and has cofounded the collective effort of the Nation and the international community to contain its effect, havingalready claimed the precious lives of more than 1,800 of persons.
The Proclamation is in consonance with an Act of National Legislature which at its session in 1883 did enact a statute declaring the first Thursday in the month of November of each year as National Thanksgiving Day.
The Proclamation further stated that it is befitting that day be set aside for the Nation and its people to give thanks and adoration to the Lord for this dispensation of grace, mercy and providence for the preservation of the lives of its people to overcome the spreading of the pathogenic disease.
According to the release, the people of Liberia have always given thanks and praises to the Almighty God for His mercies showered upon the Nation, especially for His continuous protection and blessing in time of peace, disaster and other natural phenomena upon the people of Liberia politically, socially and economically over the years.