The President of Liberia and Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has by Proclamation declared Monday, February 11, 2013 as Armed Forces Day to be observed throughout the country as a National Holiday and call further call on military organizations within the country to give special attention to veterans and as well honor them for their services to the Army and the Coast Guard.

 According to a Foreign Ministry release, the Proclamation further directs and orders all military organizations within the country to organized and execute appropriate programs; including parades and other ceremonies in recognition of the Day.

The Commander-in-Chief of the Army call for special attention and honor  to be given to the veterans of the AFL and the Coast Guard who have seen active and experienced actual service therein.    

The release further noted that the Liberian government recognizes the talents and services, patriotism and loyalty as well as the gallantry for the upkeep of the country’s noble heritage by those men and women who are now memorialized through the establishment of the Department of Veterans Affairs, as ordered by the Act of National Legislature of Liberia on 22nd of July 2008.  

 The also release indicated that with the passage of the Defense Act of 2008, the AFL remains steadfast in supporting the foundation for Long Term Security and Economic Development in Liberia as well as fostering regional peace to consolidate the emerging democracy.

The release further quotes the Proclamation as saying with the professional development of the men and women in arms; the new AFL has been reinvigorated to discharge its constitutional responsibilities of safeguarding the Liberian borders including its marine resources.

The President’s Proclamation is in consonance with an Act of National Legislature of Liberia which declared the 11th day of February of each year as “Armed Forces Day” to be celebrated as a National Holiday throughout the Nation in recognition of the vital role of the AFL in defending and protecting the country’s territorial integrity.

The release discloses that the observance is intended to inculcate the sense of loyalty and patriotism in the citizens of Liberia, and in recognition of the immense and sacrificial services rendered by the gallant men and women of the Armed Forces for the protection of free and democratic state of Liberia.