The President of the Republic of Liberia, Her Excellency Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, has by Proclamation declared Thursday, November 29, 2012 as the 117th Birth Anniversary of Liberia's 18th President William Vacanarat Shadrach Tubman, and is to be observed throughout Liberia as a National Holiday.
President Sirleaf has further ordered and directed that all Government offices and business houses, as well as market places be closed on that day from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
A Foreign Ministry release says the observance is in recognition of former President Tubman's productive, meaningful services and policies, including the Opening Door Policy, National Unification and Integration Policy, and the granting of suffrage to women as well as the policies on all socio-economic development nationwide.
The late Former President is also being remembered for his contribution to the emancipation of African Colonial Territories into Statehood.
President Sirleaf noted in the Proclamation that the observance is in recognition of the invaluable contributions and profound changes and lasting accomplishments made by the former President during his administration for which the citizens of Liberia expressed their appreciation for his astute and remarkable leadership through a petition that requested the National Legislature of Liberia to enact a law in honor of his birth for posterity.
The Proclamation is in consonance with an act of the National Legislature at its 3rd Session of the 42nd Legislature of the Republic declaring November 29 of each year as a National Holiday in keeping with the will of the Liberian people.