Bicentennial Steering Committee Unwraps Activities -Cornucopia Basket Celebrating Nationhood

The Government of Liberia has unveiled programs marking the official launch of the Bicentennial Commemoration. Information Minister Ledgerhood Rennie, who also serves as Chair of the Steering Committee for the National Bicentennial Commemoration, disclosed that the Bicentennial activities will be factored into this year’s Armed Forces Day celebration on Friday, February 11 at the Barclay Training Center where President George Manneh Weah, officials of government and members of the diplomatic corps will be in attendance. Presenting a rollout of activities for the auspicious event, Minister Rennie promised a basketful of memorable events that will celebrate Liberia and Liberians basking in their unique heritage.

Minister Rennie who made the disclosure last Friday during steering Committee’s press conference at Boulevard Palace Hotel further said that the Bicentennial Commemoration will continue on February 11, 2022 at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium with a National Muslim Prayer Day, with the Liberian leader in attendance.

According to Minister Rennie, on Sunday, February 13, the Bicentennial Commemoration will be taken to the Executive Mansion Grounds for a National Christian Interdenominational Thanksgiving Service.

On February 14, 2022, President Weah will officially launch the Bicentennial Celebration at the Samuel K. Doe Sports Stadium where a Cultural Festival will also take place. The SKD Sports Stadium events will be followed by a Heads of State Summit at the Executive Mansion Ground at 3:00pm and a Grand Bicentennial Dinner Ceremony at 6:00pm.

The celebrations will continue on February 15 and 16 with the University of Liberia Founder’s Day International Conference which is organized by the University and the Bicentennial Steering Committee.

Also Making remarks during the press briefing, the President of the Press Union of Liberia, Charles Cuffey, commended the media for their full involvement in the process, as exemplified during the launch at the Providence Island event.

“The media participation is highly nationalistic. At the SKD it is expected of you to also take complete charge of the process. People that will be entering the country will analyze our way of life through what they see and read via the media. For 200 years, despite our challenges, we still exist. The media will show to the world that despite our political, ethnic, religious and social differences, we are one,” Mr. Cuffey intoned.

The media ended with the conveners showcasing samples of souvenir items that will be distributed to guests, to include carefully branded umbrellas, notepads and power banks.

The Bicentennial Commemoration is being held under the theme, “Liberia: The Land of Return – Commemorating 200 Years of Freedom and Pan-African Leadership” while the slogan is, “The Lone Star Forever, Stronger Together.” The event signifies important historical milestones achieved by the country since it was founded in 1822 by free people of African descent and their patrons from the United States.

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