National Thanksgiving Day is tomorrow and in keeping with tradition, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has by proclamation declared the day to be observed throughout the country as a national holiday.
The President has called on compatriots, foreign residents, religious leaders of all faiths to gather their congregations in their various places of worship to give thanks and praises to the Almighty God and pray that His blessings and mercies may continuously protect Liberians as a people and as a nation, according to a Foreign Affairs Ministry press release.
“It is befitting that thanksgiving this year be declared for the nation and its people to give thanks and adoration to the Lord for His dispensation of grace, mercy and providence and for the preservation of our lives,” the President’s proclamation stated.
The proclamation further reflected that the people of Liberia have always given thanks and praises to the Almighty God for his tender mercies and manifold blessings showered upon us as a nation, especially for His continuous protection and blessings in times of peace, disaster and other natural phenomena over the years.
Thanksgiving Day is also an opportunity for Liberians to recognize the good things that life has to offer them, even though the country has been troubled by internal conflicts and challenges, the President’s proclamation acknowledged.
The Legislature enacted a statute in 1883, declaring the first Thursday in November of each year as National Thanksgiving Day, the proclamation concluded.
Without a doubt, Liberians are very grateful for the peaceful conduct of the October 10 elections, however flawed the process was. The usual family gatherings and festivities this Thanksgiving will, nonetheless, be strained by the looming Supreme Court verdict on the fate of the November 7 presidential runoff and its implications, and the runoff itself, should it go forward.
Liberians are hopeful that the Supreme Court justices will render a decision that is consistent with their greater aspiration for peace, unity and development based on the larger picture of agreeing to move the country forward.