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Govt. Declares March 8 Decoration Day & National Holiday
MONROVIA, March 6 (LINA) - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has by Proclamation declared Wednesday, March 8, as “Decoration Day” and is to be observed throughout the country as a National Holiday.
According to a Foreign Ministry release, the Proclamation stresses that it is befitting that a day be set aside to celebrate the memory of those blessed dead, who have lived and died in the interest of the country, thereby keeping ever alive their deeds and invaluable contributions made to society and the State for onward march to progress.
The National Legislature, realizing that important events in the history of the nation should be constantly kept in the minds of citizens and youths to inspire them to larger measures of service and patriotism, did, by an Act approved on October 24, 1916, declare the Second Wednesday of March in each year as “Decoration Day” to be observed as a National Holiday.
The Liberian leader, in the Proclamation, calls on citizens and foreign residents to remember and cherish the love and affection, the joy and constant caring which existed between family members and friends who once lived so dearly with them before their death.