President Sirleaf Urges Liberians to Show Love and Patriotism for Their Country; While National Orator Calls on Liberians to Profit from Errors of the Past To Build a Better Foundation

President Sirleaf makes remarks at Liberia_s 168th Independence Anniversary celebration

President Sirleaf makes remarks at Liberia_s 168th Independence Anniversary celebration

Greenville, Sinoe County – President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is calling on all compatriots to show love and patriotism for their country.

“Let today’s celebration in our hearts resolve to love our country, protect our heritage and pledge anew to the true ideals of service and determination.
According to an Executive Mansion release, the Liberian leader made the remarks that the official program marking Liberia’s 168th Independence Anniversary at the J. Dominic Bing City Hall in Greenville, Sinoe County. This year’s Independence Anniversary was celebrated under the theme: “Celebrating our Community as a Strong Foundation for Accelerated Development.” Both Grand Kru and Sinoe Counties co-hosted this year’s celebrations.
She said Liberians had come together in the spirit of unity in an unprecedented representation at all levels and all persuasions in society.  “We come to demonstrate patriotism in recognition of the long road to progress; celebrate the communities as a strong foundation for accelerated development,” the Liberian President indicated; urging Liberians to go out to each one, touch one and say something good to them.
President Sirleaf noted that this year’s celebration was far different than the previous, looking back to the year (2014), to the true test of our faith and resilience to the challenges posed by the Ebola virus disease.
She indicated that despite the trying times during the difficult days, government’s development objectives have not faltered. Likewise, the fundamental principles of Liberia dedicated to democracy, rule of law, human freedom and individual dignity, were strengthened by government’s resolve to defeat the Ebola virus disease.
The Liberian leader thanked God for strength and requested a minute’s silence in memory of the over 4,800 persons who succumbed to the Ebola virus disease.
She used the opportunity to again recognize and express immense gratitude to the unprecedented show of solidarity from the international community, World Health Organization, and the United Nations Mission on Emergency Ebola Response (UNMEER).
She also expressed appreciation to multilateral and bilateral partners, foundations and individuals from several countries all over the world.
The Liberian Chief Executive applauded continental organizations including the African Union, ECOWAS that mobilized private sector support and recruited 339 African personnel from 16 countries who made the sacrifice to leave their countries and families to join Liberia in the fight.
President Sirleaf warned Liberians to be mindful of global conditions that force millions across the world to face death and destruction from wars, earthquakes, flood, terrorism and other violent natural phenomenon, which sometimes take the form of internal dissent, unrest, oppression and hunger.
 “The ability to surmount these challenges come from a demonstration of inner strength to survive, to recognize the progress upon which we can build, to regain lost grounds, and continue to build the nation towards the common goals of peace and prosperity,” she pointed out.
She highlighted government’s strong bilateral relations with its representatives near the capital exhibited by the presence of all the Ambassadors resident near Monrovia at the program; emphasizing, “I have never been at an event, not even Monrovia, where all of our representatives have come together in one body. I can say to you in Sinoe and Grand Kru Counties, it’s a special gift to you; a share of unity.”
Delivering the National Oration, Ambassador Charles Minor called on all Liberians to profit from errors of the past to build a better foundation for a more positive tomorrow.
“A tomorrow when we will have substantially reduced poverty; a tomorrow when many in the public sector will realize that it is not in that sector where wealth is created so that those genuinely interested in creating wealth can give up their white color jobs and return to the land to produce our staple food crops to reduce our dependence on imports, ensure a greater level of food self-sufficiency and earn a higher standard of living for their labor; in the tomorrow we are today laying the foundation, and a tomorrow when Liberians will work together more effectively and compete seriously with foreign contractors to build our own roads, even to the extent of making them toll roads, thereby reducing the continuous increasing burdens on Government…” Ambassador Minor stressed.
Highlighting the perceptions, realities, weaknesses and challenges of what is affecting Liberians everywhere, he said all must thank God for being gracious unto us and for sustaining the nation for 168 years.
Ambassador Minor called on all compatriots to think seriously of the future and have a positive vision of that future, most especially a compelling image of what we want to do or where we want to be as individuals and communities in the next two, five, ten or 20 years; where our nation should be in 10, 20 or 30 years.
He admonished street vendors and others to stop thinking that they are at the end of the road. “Think where you wish to be in five years,” and further urged citizens and residents of Greenville to develop a vision of where Greenville should look like in five years and begin today to work towards reaching there.
Following the National Oration, the Grand Master of the Orders of Distinction, President Sirleaf, admitted Ambassador Minor into the Humane Order of African Redemption with the Grade of Knight Great Band.
The Grand Master of the Orders of Distinction, also recognized and honored four other citizens of Sinoe County for their devotion, sacrifices, and altruism. They included: Peter Robert Toe, a professional nurse and public servant, who was admitted in the Humane Order of African Redemption and conferred on him the Grade of Knight Official; Mrs. Elizabeth D.K. Jallah, admitted into the Humane Order of African Redemption with the Grade of Dame Official; Mr. Joseph J. Toure, a teacher, admitted into the Human Order of African Redemption with the Grade of Knight Official; and Mr. Emmanuel Mombo Nagbe, admitted into the Humane Order of African Redemption with the Grade of Grand Commander.
The Ambassador of the Republic of Guinea, also Doyen of the Diplomatic Corps, H.E. Mr. Abdoulaye Dore, on behalf of his colleagues expressed congratulations to the Government and people of Liberia in observance of the country’s 168th Independence Anniversary.
Ambassador Dore praised the President noting that even in the wake of the Ebola crisis, government continues to act resolutely to bring socio-economic development and improve the living standards of its people.
Earlier in the morning, the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) hoisted the National Flag was hoisted at the James E. Green Sports Stadium. President Sirleaf, also Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Liberia, later inspected the troops and there was a pass-in-review following which the troops march through Robert Street and on to the J. Dominic Bing City Hall for the official Independence Day program.

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President Sirleaf makes remarks at Liberia_s 168th Independence Anniversary celebration

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