The President, Dr. George Manneh Weah is urging peaceful coexistence amongst the people of Liberia, calls on the citizenry to continue to work peacefully together for the collective good of all. By so doing, the Liberian leaders said such would adhere to the National Anthem which says, “IN UNION STRONG, and SUCCESS IS SURE. WE CANNOT FAIL.”
Accordingly, the President implores Liberians to “put aside our differences and come together as one People, placing the national interest above personal and partisan interests.”
The President made the remarks at the Ministerial Complex Monday at program marking the 105th commemoration of the national ensigns in Monrovia where he took pride in the country’s flag as a symbol of patriotism and national unity.
The President spoke at the Ministerial Complex Monday at program marking the 105th commemoration of the national ensigns in Monrovia where he took pride in the country’s flag as a symbol of patriotism and national unity.
He quoted an American clergyman and social commentator, Henry Ward Beecher, who said “A thoughtful mind, when it sees a nation’s flag, sees not the flag only, but the nation itself; and whatever may be its symbols, he reads chiefly in the flag the government, the principles, the truths, and the history which belongs to that nation.”
The Liberian chief executive indicated, “When we salute our flag, and pledge our allegiance to it, we are honoring what Liberia stands for as a nation.”
President Weah further asserted that the declaration of the making of the most important national symbol, the Liberian Flag, into a National Holiday is in consonance to the a decreed by the National Legislature in 1915 after the flag was first unveiled to the world 173 years ago to mark the birth of a new nation on the African continent.
The Liberian leader recalled that the Lone Star Banner has since come to symbolize the deeds and valor of our forefathers, to whom the people remain constantly indebted.
“It has also come to represent the pride and dignity of the Liberian people, and to symbolize the hopes and aspirations of all Liberians, with its patriotic colors and design of red and white stripes and a white star on a blue background,” President Weah indicated.
He pointed out that this year’s occasion presents yet another opportunity for reflection on our collective actions as a People, and steer a united course for the continued betterment of our Nation.
“Let me offer my personal congratulations to our National Flag Day Orator, Hon. Mamensie Kabba, the Assistant Minister for Administration at Ministry of Gender, Children, and Social Protection, for what the President referred to as an inspiring and insightful message today for the day,” a message which he pointed out, was also very uplifting, particularly in these times as Liberia and the rest of the world battle the COVID 19 pandemic.
He expressed pride in the orator who, he said, represent the next generation of youthful Liberians that will follow us, and you give us hope for the future. “I am committed to do all that is within my powers, to turn over to your generation a Liberia of which you can be proud,” President Weah exclaimed.
In a presidential proclamation that precedes the August 24, 2020 celebration of the National Flag Day, President Weah said the making of the National Flag of the Republic was a historic event of great significance of Liberia, as Africa’s Pacesetter in the struggle for self-determination and inspiration to future African states.
The National Ensign of the Republic of Liberia is a visible evidence of the country’s sovereignty and independence as well as a symbol of pride and dignity within the comity of nations.
The Liberian Flag, consisting six red stripes and five alternating white stripes, totaling eleven stripes, each representing one of the eleven signers of the Declaration of Independence of Liberia, was designed and produced by a committee of talented and visionary citizens of the Republic led by Madam Susannah Lewis.
The blue field in the upper left corner of a rectangular form with a single white star in the center of the blue field depicting Liberia as the then only independent state on the continent of Africa; the color red symbolizes the blood of those who died in the struggle for independence; the color white indicates the purity of mind of all our forbearers toward each other; and the blue for the dark continent of Africa as it was then depicted.
The release says it is important and befitting that the day be commemorated annually by all citizens of the Republic in testimony of their allegiance and loyalty to the national ensign, the embodiment of our national existence as sovereign entity and to encourage national pride and patriotism.