FrontPageAfrica (Monrovia)

4 July 2013

Liberia: America Turns 237 - in Liberia, Celebration Heralds Peace Corps Aid, Historic Ties

Monrovia - The US Embassy in Monrovia, celebrated the United States 237 Independence Day celebration at the Executive Pavilion on Broad Street.

The program brought together many guests including President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Members of the House, Ministers, Civil Society and American guests, including Peace Corps Volunteers.

Security in the U.S. has been tight since the 9-11 incident in 2001 that saw the World Trade Center twin towers brought down in a terrorist attacks. The mood at the Monrovia celebration was under tight security as well as guests were screened through a metal detector at the entrance.

Ambassador Debora Malac, along Peace Corp Director Vince Groh and other US citizens stood at the entrance and welcomed every guest as they entered the ball room where the program was held.

Giving remarks at the program, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said the United States has dedicated its service in ensuring peace return to Liberia and that Liberians have enjoyed over ten years of lasting peace. "The United States and Liberia have come a long way for over 150 years and we still remain good friends. We are also thankful for the presence of the Peace Corps Volunteers in all of our schools system in rural Liberia."

The Liberian leader raised a glass of toast in congratulating President Barrack Obama and his wife, the Ambassador and the people of the United States on their 237 years of independence.

US Ambassador Deborah R. Malac giving remarks, said, even after 237 years, America's grand experiment in democracy remains a work in process and there is still much work to do in order to achieve the inclusiveness and prosperity every citizen desires and deserves.

"Throughout our history, we have persevered; for what binds us together is stronger than that which divides us. United we stand in the face of adversity; united we can do anything."

Speaking about the Liberia peace process since 2003, Ambassador Malac said in a few weeks, Liberia will celebrate its 166th independence anniversary and soon thereafter the 10th anniversary of the signing of the Accra Peace Accords.

"Liberia has come far since 2003. It is important to acknowledge the progress made- but we all know there is so much more to be done. The challenges are many, but that which comes easily is never highly valued," Says Ambassador Malac.

"Ten years of peace and security- a significant milestone to celebrate- but, I believe only a way station on the road to a brighter future. But as humans, we seem only to appreciate that which we have worked hard for- and Liberia's success is certainly worth working for."

The US envoy said the government and the people of the United States are proud to accompany Liberians on their journey to build a stable, secure and prosperous county." Our partnership has endured for 151 years, and look forward to continuing to broaden and deepen the ties between our two countries in the coming years."

Since the United States of America drafted its Declaration of Independence in 1776, America and its people have been tested.

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