Celebrating Our Fallen Colleagues In Peacekeeping

By Emmanuel (Tango) Tobey |

Once upon a time, on the 1st of October 2023, a special gathering took place in the vibrant city of Monrovia, Liberia. Former staff members of the United Nations Mission in Liberia, (UNMIL) along with international community members, came together to celebrate and honor their fallen colleagues who had dedicated their lives to promoting peace.

The atmosphere was filled with a sense of unity and remembrance as voices, brimming with gratitude and respect, echoed through the halls. People from all walks of life were present, representing the diverse nation of Liberia, standing together to commemorate the sacrifices made in the pursuit of peace.

The theme for the gathering was “Peace is our everything,” a heartfelt reminder of the importance of maintaining harmony during trying times. As Liberia geared up for the crucial October 10th election, it was essential to remind the citizens to uphold peace and allow the democratic process to unfold without any hindrances.

The event began with speeches that hailed the achievements of the fallen colleagues and recognized their unwavering dedication and commitment. Tearful stories mixed with heartfelt laughter filled the air as memories of their days serving together flooded back, connecting everyone present with a deep sense of purpose.

As the sun dipped below the horizon, painting the sky with vibrant hues of orange and pink, a candlelight vigil commenced. Each candle represented the flame of hope that burned within every Liberian’s heart, shining a light on the path towards a peaceful future.

Guests shared their experiences of working alongside the brave peacekeepers who had devoted their lives to protecting Liberia’s coasts, maintaining stability, and supporting the nation’s development. The stories served as a poignant reminder of the remarkable impact these individuals had in ensuring a brighter tomorrow for all.

In the spirit of unity and rejuvenation, local musicians took to the stage, filling the night air with soul-stirring melodies and rhythms. The power of music united the crowd even further, evoking emotions and inspiring a renewed dedication to peace.

As midnight approached, the event drew to a close, leaving behind an indelible mark in the hearts and minds of all who attended. The message of peace resonated strongly, reminding Liberians that it was their collective responsibility to uphold harmony during the upcoming election.

From that day forward, the legacy of the fallen peacekeepers lived on, serving as a beacon of hope for the Liberian people. Their sacrifice became a constant reminder that no matter the challenges faced, peace should always remain at the forefront of their minds.

In the days leading up to the October 10th election, Liberians embraced this message wholeheartedly. They gathered in peace rallies, engaging in open dialogue and fostering an atmosphere of understanding and tolerance. The celebrations of the fallen peacekeepers had ignited a spark within the nation, uniting them in their pursuit of a brighter future.

On election day, as the sun rose over Liberia, the nation stood united. Peaceful queues formed outside polling stations, and Liberians cast their votes peacefully, knowing that their actions would shape the nation’s destiny. It was a testament to the power of unity and the unwavering determination to preserve harmony.

Years later, Liberians looked back on that special gathering as a turning point in their history. The legacy of the fallen colleagues continued to inspire and guide them, reminding the nation that peace was not just an abstract ideal but the very essence that bound them together.

And from that day forward, Liberia prospered, drawing strength from the lessons learned, and celebrating the peace that became their everything.

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