Tuesday, July 26, is National Independence Day; to be Observed as National Holiday

Her Excellency  Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, 
President of the Republic of Liberia
Her Excellency Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of the Republic of Liberia
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The President of the Republic of Liberia, Her Excellency Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has by Proclamation declared Tuesday, July 26th, 2011 as National Independence Day and is to be observed throughout the Republic as a National Holiday.

According to a Foreign Ministry release, this year celebration which will be held in the City of Voinjama, Lofa County will be observed under the theme: “Rallying Our Nation of Peace, Reconciliation and Development.”

The Proclamation calls upon all citizens and foreign residents within the borders of Liberia to observe the Day as such and requires all Government Offices and Business Houses to be closed on this day from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The Proclamation further notes that under the “Patriotic Observances Law”, Title 26, Liberian Code of Laws of 1956, the 26th Day of July each year is set aside as a public holiday to be known as “Independence Day” Anniversary in order to be appropriately celebrated.

The Proclamation further declares that the Founding Fathers of Liberia, having deliberated on the future of Nation, published to the World an instrument known as the Declaration of Independence, by which the Commonwealth became, and was presented to the Comity of Nations as a free sovereign and independent State, thereby preventing intrusion from any colonial power. Liberia became the First African Republic to declare its Self Determination.

The Proclamation also notes that God in his infinite wisdom and mercy has blessed and prospered the works of the minds, hearts and hands of the Liberian people following years of National existence.

The release said that Liberia having passed through the Colonial period and threats of incursion by foreign invaders, and being so dedicated to the principles of liberty, freedom and justice met in National Convention in the City of Monrovia in July 1847 under the dynamic inspiration of Governor Joseph Jenkins Roberts of the Commonwealth