21 April 2014

Liberia: Bryant Family Rejects State Funeral

Photo: The New Dawn
Former interim president Gyude Bryant

"It was Chairman Bryant's wish that there be No Panegyric, No Official Gazette issued, No Laying in State, No 21-Gun Salute, No Military Escort, or any State function over his remains. The families intend to carry out his wishes," a statement from the Bryant and Carr families issued late Sunday evening said.

Former Transitional Chairman Gyude Bryant died on Wednesday April 16, 2014 at the JFK Medical Center in Sinkor, Monrovia.

The families express thanks and gratitude to everyone for their words, texts, calls and emails of sympathy and comfort.

Wake keeping for the fallen statesman is expected to be held on May 9 and 10, 2014 respectively, the statement said.

They also thanked the people of Liberia and the International Community for their trust and support of the Late Chairman Bryant during his leadership, which led to the successful and smooth transformation of Liberia to a peaceful multi-party democracy.

The families said Chairman Bryant was always grateful to the people of Liberia for choosing him, a businessman, to steward Liberia during a fragile transitional period adding "as we observe his passing, may we all continue to celebrate the Late Chairman Bryant's legacy by doing all we can to maintain peace and tranquility in Liberia."

The statement under the signatures of Ms. Jemima Carr and Ms. Mary T. Bryant said the People of Liberia, the International Community, including the United Nations, the African Union, and ECOWAS may pay tributes at the Wake Keeping Ceremony on Friday May 9, 2014.

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