The Inquirer (Monrovia)

Liberia: AFL Troop Off to France

A squad of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), under the command of Major Theophilus Dana has left the country on board a French Military Aircraft, Transall C- 160 to participate in the French National Day celebration, slated for July 14, 2013.

According to a Defense Ministry release, the Armed Forces of Liberia will join eleven other countries from the African Continent making the total of twelve countries invited to showcase their military. The release added that the invitation is the first of its kind in recent history to have the AFL invited by foreign country to participate in such international event.

The AFL participation in the French National Day celebration and the United Nations Mission in Mali, which took effect on the first of July 1, 2013, go to show that the restructured Armed Forces of Liberia as "A Force for Good" has come a long way in its professional development since 2006 and is once again gaining its place on the African Continent.

Liberia will join Chad, Mali, Senegal, amongst others for the colorful celebration usually marked by military display in Paris, France.

The French National Day celebration has its history dating back to July 14, 1789, when the Bastille which symbolized the power of the Monarchy was brought down thereby bringing to an end the rule of the monarchy and subsequently establishing 'what hecan.ie the First French Republic.

Meanwhile, the authorities of the Ministry of National Defense have expressed gratitude to the French Government for the invitation which demonstrates the French Government's confidence in the restructured AFL.

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