President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has by proclamation declared Thursday, August 24, as “National Flag Day,” to be observed throughout the country as a national holiday. in keeping with an Act of Legislature approved on October 25, 1915 making August 24 each year as “National Flag Day”.
President Sirleaf has called on all citizens and foreign residents within our borders to give prominence to the observance of the day by flying the National Flag from each dwelling and public building, and that all government offices, public and business houses be closed on that day. The President has directed the Ministry of Education and all other government agencies concerned to execute appropriate programs befitting the day, according to a Foreign Affairs release.
The National Ensign of Liberia is a visible evidence of the country’s sovereignty and independence as well as a symbol of pride and dignity within the comity of nations. The making of the National Flag was a historic event of great significance for Liberia, as Africa’s pacesetter in the struggle for self-determination and inspiration to future African states. The flag was designed and produced by a committee of ladies, who were very talented and visionary citizens of the Republic led by Mrs. Susannah Lewis.
The Lone Star as the Liberian flag is popularly known, consists of six red stripes and five alternating white stripes, totaling eleven stripes, each representing one of the eleven signers of the Declaration of Independence of Liberia. A blue field in the upper left corner of a rectangular form, with a single white star in the center, depicts Liberia as the then only independent state on the continent of Africa. The color red symbolizes the blood of those who died in the struggle for independence; white indicates the purity of mind of the forefathers toward each other and blue for the dark continent of Africa, as it was then depicted.