The Analyst (Monrovia)

7 February 2013

Liberia: Defense Ministry Releases Armed Forces Day Calendar of Event

Authorities at the Ministry of defense (MOD) have released the official calendar of events for the celebration of this year's Armed Forces Day.

Disclosing this at the Barclay Training Center in Monrovia on Wednesday, Assistant Defense Minister for Public Affairs David Dahn said, "This year's Armed Forces Day celebration activities have already kicked off under the theme: 'The New AFL Ready, Willing and Capable'.''

He said the activities began on February 3, with the filming of a documentary on the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), as a force for good, on selected local television stations.

"From February 6-10, the AFL will carry out cleanup campaign and medical outreaches in Barnesville and Stephen Tolbert Estates. It will have thanksgiving Services at the Jacob Town Mosque; play football match with the Press Union of Liberia (PUL), conduct a symposium at the Monrovia City Hall. The workshop's theme is "Training, Regimentation and maintainers, and fundamental necessities to AFL being operational in 2014, among others."

The AFL spokesperson added, "The official celebration of Armed Forces day will take place on February 11 at the Barclay Training Center on UN Drive commencing at 7:00 am with the Deputy Force Commander of UNMIL Brigadier General John A. Kwasie, Serving as Keynote Speaker."

Mr. Dahn pointed out that other activities marking the commemoration of the day included unarmed combat drills, combat reach with road equipment, march-pass of equipment, and pass in review, among others.

Meanwhile the Liberian government, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has declared Monday, February 11 a national holiday in observance of the 56th anniversary of the Armed Force of Liberia.

At the sometime, Mr. Dahn said a platoon of the army would shortly depart Liberia for Mali on a peace keeping and military intervention mission.

The Armed Forces Day celebration is a yearly ceremony, which is held with various activities that often culminate into an official parade and ball.

The day was legislated on February 11, 1957, in order to remember officers and enlisted men as well as those who have sacrificed their lives for their country and people.

This year's celebration marks the day's 56th observance and the army's 105 years of existence, dating back to 1908.

The ministry is inviting the public, foreign guests, and dignitaries to the ceremonies, which it said would be flowery but significant.

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