Liberia's 160th Independence Anniversary Celebrations in Full Gear

Sunday, 22nd July 2007
Rev. Dr. Herman Browne delivering the sermon at the Providence Baptist Church in Monrovia.
Rev. Dr. Herman Browne delivering the sermon at the Providence Baptist Church in Monrovia.
Photo Credit: James M. Garresen, II/Executive Mansion
Monrovia, Liberia - Celebrations marking the 160th Independence Anniversary of Liberia continued on Sunday with an Intercessory and Thanksgiving Service at the Providence Baptist Church in Monrovia.

In a sermon marking the occasion, the Reverend, Dr. Herman Browne, challenged Liberians to support the President and her government as efforts continue to develop the country. The Episcopalian Prelate praised the level of commitment, dedication and transparency which have characterized the affairs of government. Rev. Browne also lauded government for its openness to critique as well as its fight against corruption. The recognition by government that there is systemic corruption and efforts to address the problem, the Vicar of the Episcopal Chapel of St. George Caldwell said, is worth praise and thanksgiving. Never in recent memory, the Prelate observed that there existed the free and open expression of views among citizens on national issues, including the recent budget debate. These are all positive signs which, he emphasized must be nurtured by all citizens, according to an Executive Mansion release.

Rev. Brown welcomed the level of international support Liberia continues to receive, noting that the goodwill is based on the dedication, focus and handwork being exhibited by government towards the development of the country. “There is too much to loose by not supporting the government we have,” He cautioned.

Rev. Brown urged government to remain focus in addressing the basic needs of the Liberian people despite the distractions which may emerge occasionally. ‘There must be a time when partisanship must be secondary…and the interest of the people must prevail,” he admonished the Liberian leader.

He cautioned Liberians to exercise patience as government sets into motion programs to address their needs. The Clergyman observed that too many times Liberians are not prepared to face hard times, because they want quick results. The rebuilding of a country devastated by more than a decade of conflict, he noted, can not take place over night.

Sunday’s occasion was witnessed by senior government officials, including Chief Justice Johnny Lewis and Associate Justices of the Supreme Court; House Speaker Alex Tyler and members of the National Legislature, Cabinet ministers and members of the Diplomatic Corp as well as representatives of the United Nations Military Mission in Liberia.

The events continue on Monday with a dedication of the Camp William V.S. Tubman Military Barracks in Gbarnga, Bong County by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

On Saturday, the Liberian leader was joined by Chinese Ambassador, Lin Songtian at the dedication of the Samuel Kanyon Doe sports complex in Paynesville.  The President thanked the government and people of China for their support toward Liberia’s development program and assured China of Liberia’s commitment towards the strengthening of the bilateral ties existing between the two countries. The President also used the occasion to dispel rumors that government was about to change the name of the SKD sports Complex. She described the rumors as baseless.

For his part, Chinese Ambassador thanked the Liberian government and people for the support his country continues to receive. He pledged China’s continuous engagement with the development objectives of Liberia.

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