Liberians Observe National Flag Day with Fanfare

Friday, 24th August 2007
Some students of the E. Jonathan Goodridge Memorial High School in Barnersville Estate parading the streets of Monrovia.
Some students of the E. Jonathan Goodridge Memorial High School in Barnersville Estate parading the streets of Monrovia.
Photo Credit: James M. Garresen, II/Executive Mansion
Monrovia, Liberia - Programs marking the 160th Anniversary of National Flag Day are taking place throughout the country. In Monrovia, students, the Liberia National Police and other civic groups braced the occasional heavy downpour of rain, parading the principal streets of the city.

Displaying the national colors, the students march past government officials and thousands of citizens who gathered at the Centennial Memorial Pavilion on Ashmun Street to witness the outdoor activities.

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf who also witnessed the occasion, returned salutes, as the students performed the customary ‘eyes right.’

The President, an Executive Mansion release says, later walked through the crowds, greeting and joining citizens as they danced to music rendered the AFL marching band.

At an indoor program at the Monrovia City Hall, Outgoing Foreign Minister, Ambassador George Wallace, is delivering the keynote address.

Schools which performed the best ‘eyes right,’ best drill and most disciplined, are expected to receive awards from the Ministry of National Defense, one of the principal organizers of this Year’s National Flag Day.