AFL Releases 65th Armed Forces Day Protocol

MONROVIA – The Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), in consonance with an Act of the National Legislature of Liberia which declared the 11th day of February of each year as Armed Forces Day to be observed as a National Holiday in recognition of the vital role of the Armed Forces of Liberia in defending and protecting Liberia‘s territorial integrity, has released a list of activities in celebration of Liberia’s 65th Armed Forces Day and 114 years of existence since 1908.

According to the Ministry of National Defense press release issued Tuesday, February 1, 2022, this year’s Armed Forces Day will be celebrated under the theme: “Inter-Agency Cooperation as a Panacea for Contemporary Security Challenges.” His Excellency Ambassador Tunde Ajisomo, Former ECOWAS Ambassador to Liberia, will serve as the Guest Speaker of this auspicious event.

Procession of Activities

This year’s celebration begins with the Armed Forces Day’s (AFD) Symposium, to be held on Thursday, February 3, 2021, at 9:00 a.m. at the Ministerial Complex, under the topic: “Enhancing the Security of Liberia through a Comprehensive Approach”. The Keynote’s Speaker for the symposium is Mr. Cecil B. Griffitts, President, Liberia National Law Enforcement Association (LINLEA), the MoD release stated.

The discussants for the symposium will include Colonel Owoicho N. Ejiga, Mr. Eddie D. Jarwolo, Cllr. Frank Musa Dean, Mr. Jefferson Karmo, Liuetenant Colonel Michael Clark, Minister Samuel D. Tweh, Jr., Mr. Sorbor George, Senator Steve J.H. Zargo and Minister Varney Ali Sirleaf; while Professor T. Debey Sayndee, Director, Kofi Annan Institute for Conflict Transformation, University of Liberia will serve as the Moderator for this year’s Armed Forces Day Symposium.

The Armed Forces Day’s Symposium will be followed by a Jummat Service at the Cladwell Mosque located in Caldwell, Monrovia, Montserrado County, on Friday, February 4, 2022, at 12:40 PM.

“On Saturday, February 5, 2022, the Clean-up Campaign will take place in New Kru Town, beginning at 6:40 AM. Personnel of the Ministry of Defense, the Armed Forces of Liberia, Lonestar Cell MTN and inhabitants will be heavily involved with the clean-up campaign. Besides, on Saturday, February 5, 2022, beginning at 7:30 AM, the Medical Outreach will take place at WalaKou Community in Mount Barclay. Personnel of the Ministry of Defense, the Armed Forces of Liberia and Lonestar Cell MTN will be heavily involved with this exercise, ensuring that inhabitants are medically catered to. Climaxing the Cleanup Campaign and Medical Outreach, a sport day will be held at the Barclay Training Center beginning at 10:00 AM. The Sport Day will bring together teams from MOD/ AFL, UBA, LPRC, NPA, Beer Factory and Lonestar Cell MTN,” the release stated.

On Sunday, February 6, 2022, a Thanksgiving Service will be held at the Winner Chapel Church, Congo Town, Monrovia, at 10:00 a.m., while on Thursday, February 11, 2021, the official Armed Forces Day’s Celebration will kick off at 6:00 a.m. at the Barclay Training Center on the United Nations Drive.

“Historically, this year, Distinguished Service Order (DSO) will be given to Brigadier General Kwedu Hagan and Lieutenant Colonel George Nuetey- Ablade Dottey from the Republic of Ghana; Lieutenant Colonel Mohammed Abubakar Swaray (S1890-RSLAF) from Sierra Leone; Colonel Chris Wyatt (Rtd), Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Moulton, and Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Alden  from the United States of America; Captain Dorothy Gray (Rtd), Armed Forces of Liberia, and Mrs. Finda F. Nyumah, Eminent Citizen Republic of Liberia.

“Liuetenant General Leonids  Kalnins, Chief of Defense Staff, Latvia Armed Forces;, Major General Paul Roger, Michigan National Guard; and LtCol Rob Browne, Defense Attaché, UK Military; will serve as special guests for this year’s Armed Forces Day celebrations,” the Ministry of Defense press release indicated.

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