President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, on Monday called on Liberians to reach out to the less unfortunate in their communities during this festive season, adding that the culture of giving should characterize this season.
The President made the call when she lit the National Christmas Tree, signaling the start of the Christmas festivities here.
An Executive Mansion release said before lighting the National Christmas Tree, on the Grounds of the Executive Mansion, assisted by Vice President Joseph N. Boakai, President Sirleaf thanked all who had assembled there to join her in marking another anniversary of the birth of the Lord, Jesus Christ.
Said the President: "To all of you, may we use this occasion for reaching out to someone - someone near, someone far - to show some care, to share in the tidings of this event."
"There are many out there who won't know where their meal will come from for Christmas. There are many out there who are not in the position to even enjoy Christmas. May we all strive to find someone whom we can make happy during this Christmas season."
Ahead of the lighting of the National Christmas Tree, the audience heard musical selections by the Sinkor United Pentecostal Church and the Trinity United Methodist Church Choir of New Kru Town. The Rev. Charles Levi Martin, of the C. Levi Martin Outreach Ministry, gave a selection following the lighting of the National Tree.
Bishop Steven T.Y. Benda, of the Sinkor United Pentecostal Church gave the Invocation, while the Closing Prayer was delivered by Pastor Mathew B. Kollie of the Garden of Prayer of God. Ambassador David Anderson, Chief of Protocol of the Executive Mansion, welcomed the guests.
Among the dignitaries at the well-attended ceremony were Speaker J. Alex Tyler, and members of the 53rd National Legislature; Acting Chief Justice Francis Korkpor and Justices of the Supreme Court; members of the Cabinet and officials of Government; the Doyen and members of the Diplomatic Corps; members of the Clergy; and many well-wishers. The visiting ECOWAS President was also in attendance.