Massive preparations are underway in Zwedru City, Grand Gedeh County for the formal dedication of a monument in honor of former President Samuel Kanyon Doe, Sr, constructed by the James Youboty led Grand Gedeh Associations in the Americas (GGAA) to immortalize him as an “outstanding statesman whose administration contributed a lot to the development of the country, especially the introduction of a pluralistic democracy in Liberia and the implementation of impactful projects in all critical sectors of the country” just as Liberia’s Ambassador to the European Union, Dr. Isaac Wheyee Nyenabo will deliver the keynote address at the occasion.
According to an exclusive information provided The Analyst by the City Mayor of Zwedru, Madam Cecelia Harris-Jolo, Chairperson of the Steering Committee, besides the citizens turning out in their numbers to witness the historic occasion, it will also be a major celebration as the day will be a posthumous 73rd birth anniversary of the late President who was born on May 6, 1950 in Tuzon City, Grand Gedeh County unto the union of Mr. Matthew G. Doe and Madam Annie Doe, all deceased.
When asked who were invited to the occasion, Madam Jolo said the government of Liberia was properly invited as well as other citizens of Liberians and Grand Gedeans around the world including the United States of America, Canada, Australia, China, United Kingdom, Italy, Germany, South Africa. She said most of the invited guests from outside of the country are already in Zwedru City while others are being expected.
Responding to a question about the significance of the day to the country, the City Major said the occasion will mark a major watershed in the history of the country where a former president who has done a lot for the country is been honored and remembered and will go a long way in positively impacting on the quest for the country to document leaders so that posterity will remember them.
She was quick to assert that the monument project, though spearheaded by Grand Gedeans with support from other patriotic Liberians, it is a national project that Liberians should embrace as pacesetter to do the right thing and encourage nationalism and dedication to service of the country.
“It happens by coincidence that this project was initiated and executed by Grand Gedeans in the diaspora through the Grand Gedeh Associations in the Americas to immortalize a worthy son from Grand Gedeh County but this has a national coloration as it seeks to inspire nationalism and encourage Liberians to be dedicated to the service of the country.
“It is a fact that the late President was a Grand Gedean but led this country as father to all, a true patriot and committed leader who meant well for the country such that after his demise some 33 years ago, the country still has a fond memory of his stewardship.
She said traditional dancers, singers and renowned entertainers have been mobilized to grace the occasion and almost everything has been put in place as some local authorities and prominent citizens including elders and chiefs from neighboring counties such as Nimba, River Gee, Maryland, Sinoe and Grand Kru expected to attend the occasion.
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