President Sirleaf cuts ribbon during Memorial Peace Bell Tower dedication
Pres. Sirleaf Dedicates Tower Of Peace Bell
MONROVIA, December 13 (LINA) - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has dedicated a Memorial Bell and Peace Tower carved out of parts of AK-47 rifles that were used during the course of the Liberian civil war.
She described them as “symbols of peace,” and said the Peace Tower symbolizes 13 consecutive years of peace and an end of the war, while it is “a bell that reminds people of what God has done; a bell that enables people to be disciplined; and a bell that rings aloud a promise of the future.”
According to an Executive Mansion release, the Liberian leader made the statement on Sunday, December 11, when she dedicated and cut ribbons to a Memorial Tower of Peace Bell at the Holy Family Catholic Church, Coffee Farm, Lower Montserrado County.
President Sirleaf said peace enables one to develop and to build their family.
She observed that unlike other countries coming out of war and returning to civil unrest, Liberia is enjoying 13 years of uninterrupted peace.
The Chief Executive said she was “extremely pleased” at the scale of development, particularly for the kids in the school who had performed so very well, attributing this to the quality of education being acquired.
She said when the Government decided to construct the road and bridge to the community, it was assumed that she had a future home in Caldwell, but added: “The home is the Church.”
She used the occasion to commend Mr. Steve Cashin for standing by the Church and also thanked the teachers at the Catholic Church for the quality of education they are providing the kids.
She commended the Church for the initiative and prayed for God’s blessing on Liberia.
In separate remarks, Rev. Father Tim Barhrmwin and His Grace, Catholic Archbishop Lewis Zeigler of the Archdiocese of Monrovia, thanked President Sirleaf for her presence and leadership role over the last few years.
They said the place was destroyed during the war by human beings; but has been rebuilt to educate the children of Liberia.
For his part, the benefactor of the project, Mr. Steve Cashin, who is also member of the Catholic Church, thanked President Sirleaf for the years of peace and for building the road, which has reduced travel time to get to Caldwell.