No Parade This Year for Armed Forces Day

What is AFL Day without a parade?

Army opts to join Lonestar Cell MTN in clean-up campaign, medical outreach on Feb. 11

Assistant Minister for Public Affairs at the Ministry of National Defense, Sam Collins, has disclosed that the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) in partnership with LoneStar Cell MTN will engage in a clean-up campaign and medical outreach to commemorate this year’s Armed Forces Day celebration.

Mr. Collins said that the clean-up campaign and medical outreach will take place simultaneously on Saturday 6, 2021.

The clean-up and medical outreach is part of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) outlined activities leading to the celebration of the 164th Armed Forces Day in February. Mr. Collins said there will be no indoor program in a bid to adhere to all health protocols.

“The cleanup campaign will take place in Gbarnga City, Bong County beginning at 7:00 a.m. Also beginning at 7:00am, the medical outreach will take place in Kpakpacon Village, Marshall Road,” he asserted.

“At 1:30 p.m., a mini basketball court will be launched at the Gray D. Alison School Campus on the United Nations Drive in Monrovia,” he added.

The health protocols are aimed at curtailing the spread of the coronavirus disease which has since ravaged the world since November of 2019, and Liberia since March of 2020.

Armed Forces Day came into existence by legislation on February 11, 1957, following the formation of the army in 1908, and it is with the sole intent of paying homage to the men and women of the Liberian army.

Mr. Sam Collins said in addition to adhering to the covid-19 protocols, there will be no streets parade through the principle streets of Monrovia and no Armed Day Ball will be held.

However, he said the official celebration marking the observance of the day will kick off at 7:00 a.m. with a virtual broadcast of President George Manneh Weah’s message to the nation.


  1. What is wrong with this caption, “Army opts to join Lonestar Cell MTB in Clean-up campaign…”? AFL happens to be under control of the elected civilian political leadership, which makes one to wonder at the verb “opts” implying authority to make such decisions on its own volition. Or are there clarifying details to this story our Daily Observer reporter mistakenly left out?


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