The Government of Liberia has announced the funeral arrangements for Mrs. Ruth Sando Fahnbulleh Perry, former Chairperson of the Council of State, National Transitional Government of Liberia (NTGL). Madam Perry will be buried in the United States on Saturday.
According to a Foreign Affairs Ministry release, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf will lead an array of government officials, the Diplomatic Corp and other dignitaries in signing the Book of Condolence for Madam Perry in the foyer of the Ministry in Monrovia beginning at 10:00 a.m. today.
In the United States, wake-keeping will be held tomorrow from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. at the Trinity Episcopal Church, 125 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio.
On Saturday, January 28, funeral rites will take place at the same venue from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. followed by interment of the remains of Madam Perry at the Glenn Rest Memorial Cemetery, Columbus, Ohio, United States of America.
As a mark of last respect and tribute to the late former Chairperson of the Council of State of the National Transitional Government, President Sirleaf has declared a period of mourning during which the Liberian flag is being flown at half-mast from all public buildings from Tuesday, January 24, to Monday, February 6.
Meanwhile the Foreign Affairs Ministry has also announced the protocol for the signing of the Book of Condolence today.
The President and members of her Cabinet will sign the Book of Condolence from 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
The Vice President and members of the Senate will record their condolences from 10:35 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., followed by the Speaker and members of the House of Representatives from 11:05 to 11:30 a.m.
From 11:35 a.m. to 11:50 a.m., the Chief Justice and Associate Justices of the Supreme Court will come in to sign the Book of Condolence.
From 11:50 a.m. to 12:20 p.m., the Doyen and members of the Diplomatic and Consular Corps will sign followed by the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General and heads of international organizations.
Current and former officials of Government will be ushered in to sign from 12:25 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., followed by Prelates and Members of the Clergy from 1:05 p.m. to 1:25 p.m.
Heads of Public Corporations, Autonomous Agencies, Bureaus and Commissioners will follow from 1:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.
Other officials of government will have the opportunity to sign the Book of Condolence from 1:50 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., followed by Heads of Political Parties from 2:35 p.m. to 2:55 p.m.
Heads of Civil Society Organizations, Business Houses, Friends and the public will have the opportunity to sign the Book of Condolence, in that order, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.