Exactly a month after they observed Liberia’s 168th Independence Day with a colorful and well-attended ceremony, the Liberian Community in Abuja again gathered in the compound of the Liberian Embassy on Sunday, August 23, 2015 and held a brief patriotic ceremony in honor of National Flag Day.
One of the main objectives of the ceremony was to keep Liberian children in this part of the Diaspora abreast with national events, such as the significance and meaning of national symbols such as the ‘Lone Star.’
As a result, Liberian parents came with dozens of their children who paraded with the flag, took an eyes-right and participated in a brief indoor program during which the Ambassador of Liberia to Nigeria, His Excellency Al-Hassan Conteh, delivered a speech.
Ambassador Conteh, who on behalf of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf expressed heartfelt thanks to the Liberian Community and the staff of the Abuja Mission for organizing the program, briefly talked about the origin, meaning and ethical use of the Liberian national flag. He spoke on where and when the Flag came about, how to fly it, when and how to use and honor it with the Pledge of Allegiance and the patriotic song, “The Lone Star Forever.”
He based his historical accounts on reports in the Liberian Repository and the writing of veteran journalist and Liberian elder statesman Honorable Spencer D. Browne, Sr. from his article titled “History and Code of Etiquette for Display and Use of the Flag of Liberia-The Lone Star,” as published in the Daily Observer on August 24 2010.