National Honors Conferred on 13 Liberians

Sunday, 29th July 2007
The honorees and President Sirleaf pose for a photo at the Foreign Ministry in Monrovia.
The honorees and President Sirleaf pose for a photo at the Foreign Ministry in Monrovia.
Photo Credit: James M. Garresen, II/Executive Mansion
Monrovia, Liberia - The Grand Master of the Orders of Distinction and President of the Republic of Liberia, Mrs. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, has conferred national honors on 13 Liberians. The President said the honorees were being recognized for their long years of service.

According to an Executive Mansion release, the President conferred the honors at a national investiture ceremony held last week at the Foreign Ministry. The Liberian leader said the ceremony was necessary ‘to give honor to those who honor is due and those who have stood the test of time in the principles for which they hold dear and sought to make their country a better one’. The respective citations, the President pointed out, detail all that they have accomplished.

Speaking on behalf of the honorees, Dr. Togba Nah-Tipoteh, who was conferred the honor of Grand Band in the Star of Africa, thanked President Johnson Sirleaf on behalf of himself and the honorees. The honorees included Madam Cecelia Johnson, Rev. Fr. Dr. Robert Tikpor, Counselor Foday Massaquoi and Rev.Fr. Anthony Gerald Stevens. Others honored were Madam Lydia Zoe Caine, Madam Amelia Mitchell Mason, Rev. Fr. Christopher Kei Kandakai, Madam Alvina Federwitz, Paramount Chief Dunn Zangar, Mr. J. Emmanuel Pepple and Mr. Beyan Kota.

The investiture ceremony which brought together senior government officials, members of the diplomatic corp and family members of the honorees, was part of programs marking the 160th Independence Anniversary celebrations of Liberia.