President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has by Proclamation declared Sunday, November 29, 2015, as the 120th Birth Anniversary of Liberia’s 18th President, Mr. William V.S. Tubman. The Day is to be observed on Monday, November 30, 2015, throughout the Republic as a National Holiday.
The Proclamation orders and directs all government offices, business houses and market places closed during the observance from six o’clock ante meridian to six o’clock
The Proclamation is in consonance with an Act of Legislature enacted at the 3rd Session of the 42nd National Legislature of Liberia, declaring the birth anniversary of Liberia’s 18th President, William V.S. Tubman, November 29th of each year as a National Holiday in keeping with the will of the Liberian People.
According to a Foreign Ministry release, the Proclamation is in recognition of productive and meaningful services and policies by President Tubman, including the Open Door Policy, the National Unification and Integration Policy, the Granting of suffrage to Women as well as the policies on many other social-economic developments nationwide. The Proclamation also speaks of his contributions to the liberation of many African colonial territories from the era of colonialism to independent states.
The Proclamation also stressed that the observance is in consideration of the numerous contributions, profound changes and lasting compliments made by President William Vacanarat Shadrach Tubman during his administration as the 18th President of Liberia. “The citizens of the Republic, desirous of showing their deep appreciation, esteem and approval for his outstanding, noble and remarkable leadership, did petition and request the National Legislature of this nation to issue permanent record of their sentiments in honor of his birth for posterity,” the Proclamation declared.