Speaking Wednesday, August 24, at the Centennial Pavilion on the 175th anniversary of the National Flag, which was first flown on August 24, 1847, the President said that the Liberian flag signifies to the world that “our country is a free and sovereign nation.
He referred to the flag as the visible evidence of Liberia’s sovereignty and a symbol of pride and dignity within the community of nations that its citizens should cherish and be proud of.
“Our true stamp on the world map unifies all Liberians, both at home and in the diaspora, presenting us as one people, regardless of our regions, religious beliefs, political affiliation or ethnicity,” President Weah further noted.
He continued: “As a people, we have endured nearly a decade and a half of civil conflict, which not only claimed the lives of more than 250,000 Liberians, but also tore apart the fabric of our society and subverted important tenets of our culture.”
According to the president, observing National Flag Day is significant despite the many tragedies that have befallen the nation, including years of civil war and COVID-19, all of which, he said, dramatically disrupted every facet of our growth.
and national development.
“Despite these tragedies”, said the Chief Executive, “we have much to celebrate today.
Let us celebrate all that God in his grace has given us, and all that we ourselves have done to be where we are as a nation.
Let us celebrate the peace we now enjoy.
Let’s celebrate the development that is now beginning to reach the length and breadth of the country.”
He called on Liberians to put aside their differences and come together as a strong united force to develop their country and improve the lives of the Liberian people.
Dr. Weah is convinced that by working together as one people and one nation under God, “we will overcome all trials and tribulations, put our people and our economy on the right path to prosperity, and put our homeland on an irreversible path of progress and development.”
This year’s Flag Day celebration is held under the motto: “The lone star, a symbol of national unity and development.
Warning to young people The Chief Executive of Liberia used the occasion to warn Liberian students, whether in primary school or at the tertiary level, to make education an embodiment of their daily activities, because without it, they would not they will have a future.
He reminded Liberians of the words of former US President John F.
Kennedy, who once said: “Let us think of education as the means to develop our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a hope and a particular dream that, when fulfilled, can translate into benefit for all and greater strength for our nation.
One person can make a difference, and everyone should try.
“He reiterated the measures that the government has put in place to create a learning environment conducive to students, including payment of WASSCE fees for 12th graders and support tutoring classes and free tuition policy at all public universities Recognizing the monumental strides being made by the government to provide high school education quality, better facilities, more qualified teachers, and better instructional materials to improve the educational ecosystem in Liberia, the President declared laró: “These measures are intended to ease the financial burden on parents and motivate our children,” he emphasized, adding: “Students, we cannot sit by and watch you fail at WASSCE and fall behind your regional counterparts.
You have to take responsibility, you and your parents, to take advantage of the opportunity that your Government is offering you.” However, he pointed out that these obstacles can be overcome through collaboration and working together.
He told the predominantly student audience: “The value of education in your life is something that no one can take away from you.
If you want to be what you want to be, make a point of getting the education that will allow you to achieve your dream.” According to the president, education is indeed a fundamental key to preserving Liberia’s democracy and he challenged all Liberians to use the current atmosphere of peace to show that they can improve their lives and give their children the opportunity to become great leaders of tomorrow.
“The greatest danger to our Liberian democracy lies in the illiteracy of our young Liberians,” President Weah quoted Liberian educator and statesman Dr. T.
Ebenezer Ward as saying.
Warning citizens to respect authority At the same time, President Weah also urged all Liberians not to abuse the existing democratic space by dishonoring and disrespecting authority.
Rather he urged respect for authority.
“Too often, people express their dissatisfaction, disappointment and anger in a way that shows indiscipline and disregard for the rule of law,” he said, urging citizens to avoid such unhealthy behavior.