Former Interim President and Chairman of the Governance Commission, Dr. Amos C. Sawyer will serve as orator at this year’s Armed Forces Day on February 11.
It will mark the 57th anniversary of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) and the 106th year of the existence of the Liberian army.
The celebration will be held under the theme: “Enhancing the Capabilities of the Armed Forces of Liberia to Meet Contemporary Challenges,” according to Captain Dessaline Felix Allison, AFL Chief of Public Affairs.
Allison told a news conference that the official celebration will commence on Thursday, February 6, with a symposium at the Monrovia City Hall on the theme: “Inter-Agency Cooperation: Fundamental Necessity for the Security of the Republic of Liberia.”
He said Dr. Lawrence K. Bropleh will serve as Moderator, while Dr. Amos C. Sawyer, Chairman of the Governance Commission of Liberia will serve as Guest Speaker at the symposium.
On Friday, February 7, a Jummat Service will be held at the Gurley Street Mosque at 12:00 P.M. for Muslims serving in the Armed Forces of Liberia.
On Saturday, February 8, soldiers of the AFL will embark on a Clean-up Campaign and Medical Outreach simultaneously in the Township of West-Point beginning at 6:00 a.m.
According to Captain Allison, the clean-up and the medical outreach will be followed by a Kickball match between the female teams of the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization and the Armed Forces of Liberia.
On the same day, there will be a mini-knockout Olympic involving the football teams of the Armed Forces of Liberia, Liberia Broadcasting System, Liberia National Police and UNPOL at about 1:00 P.M at the Samuel K. Doe Sports (SKD) Complex in Paynesville.
On Sunday, February 9 there will be a thanksgiving and intercessory prayer Service at the Philadelphia Central Church Congo Town, adjacent Total Gas Station. The Intercessory Service commences at 11:00 A.M.
The official celebration of the Armed Forces Day will take place at the Barclay Training Center Grand Stand, beginning at 7:20A.M on Tuesday, February 11.
Celebrating alongside the AFL will be the Liberia National Police, Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization, Liberia National Fire Service, The Executive Protection Service, The Drugs Enforcement Agency, Liberia Scouts Association and other relevant agencies.
According to Captain Allison, a Change of Command ceremony, when an out-going Commander symbolically passes on authority to the in-coming Commander, is expected to be held during the ceremony.
It can be recalled that the Commander-In-Chief of the AFL, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in her recent annual message mentioned that a Liberian Chief of Staff will be appointed to take over command of the AFL.
It is expected that Maj. Gen. Suraj A. Abdurrahman, Command Officer-In-Charge of the AFL will relinquish command to a new Liberian Chief of Staff on February 11.
During the ceremony, two new boats donated by the U.S. government to the Liberian Coast Guard to enhance the operational capabilities along the Liberian coast will be commissioned on waters at the Coast Guard Base on Bushrod Island.