As Liberia celebrates 168years of Independence as a nation, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has called on the citizens to strengthen their resolve to foster unity, reconciliation and peace.
In a proclamation declaring Sunday, July 26, 2015 as Independence Day to be celebrated throughout the Republic as a National Holiday President Sirleaf said that “Liberians must form a common front when it comes to the issue of building and sustaining the peace which many patriotic Liberians and Liberia’s external partners work to achieve following the nation’s dark days of civil conflict.
“With peace the nation can achieve its development goals, ensure economic growth and better the living condition of the people,” she added.
According to the proclamation “since the Day falls on Sunday, it will be commemorated on Monday, July 27, 2015. An Executive Mansion release said the official festive celebration will take place under the Theme: “Celebrating Our Community As A Strong Foundation For Accelerated Development”.
In a message, the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, said “On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I send best wishes to the people of Liberia as you celebrate 168 years of independence on July 26.
“The United States and Liberia share a bond that dates to the first days of your republic. Together, we will continue to work toward a future of prosperity, dignity, and stability for all Liberians.
“I applaud the steps you have taken to strengthen your democracy and promote trade and investment. We are dedicated to working with you to consolidate regional peace and security, support economic development, strengthen democratic institutions, and reinforce our joint effort to counter the spread of Ebola in West Africa,” he added.