Monrovia — President Ellen Johnson Tuesday night lit the National Christmas Tree on the grounds of the Executive Mansion. Performing the ceremony, the President said the decision to light a palm tree is intended to send a message to all that more home-grown products must be promoted. "We need to use more of our own, so we hope that will resonate with everyone as you celebrate this Christmas," the President said.
Liberians and all residents must be thankful to God for the peace that has enabled the country to observe another Christmas in peace that has continued to characterize the environment, the President said. The peaceful climate has provided an opportunity to reach out and touch the life of somebody, particularly the children and those in need.
Following the ceremony, the President led a procession to the grounds of the Temple of Justice to light a Christmas tree at the Supreme Court. The procession continued to the Foreign Ministry where the President hosted a light reception for guests attending the occasion.
The National Christmas Lighting Ceremony was witnessed by officials of Government, including the Vice President, Honorable Joseph N. Boakai; the Chief Justice, His Honor Johnnie N. Lewis; members of the Legislature; Cabinet Ministers; officials of the National Traditional Council of Liberia; the United Nations Special Representative to Liberia; the United States and Chinese Ambassadors to Liberia, among others.