|MOE Lays Wreaths on Past Presidents Graves|
|Published on March 13, 2008||Email To Friend Print Version
By: Jerome Toe
As Liberians observed the 92nd celebration of National Decoration Day, the Ministry of Education has laid wreath on the graves bearing the remains of former Liberian Presidents.
Making remarks at the ceremony in Monrovia, Deputy Education Minister for Administration, Hawah Goll Kotchi, said Decoration Day over the years has been transformed from a day of reflection to a day of merry-making and drunkenness .
She said some people who have gone to decorate the graves of their relatives, friends and loved ones have transformed the occasion to that of merry-making, instead of remembrance.
She said many of them get intoxicated and misbehaved at the sight, thus creating panic for some peaceful citizens decorating their relatives’ graves.
At the same time, the Deputy Education Minister for Administration also remarked that this day should not be seen as for only relative, but must also be used to remember the fallen presidents of the country, because they fought for the survivor of this country.
Even though not many government officials were present at the occasion, yet, she attributed their absence to the busy schedule of these government officials.
Prior to the parade of students from various primary schools and subsequent laying of wreath on the graves of past Liberian presidents by a handful of government officials, a memorial service was held at the St. Thomas Episcopal Church on Camp Johnson Road.
During the service, the Rector of the church, Father James Sellee, called on Liberians to observe the Decoration Day in grand style and not a celebration that will made them to exhibit ugly attitudes, and portray a negative character for the country.
The Minister of Education on behalf the government of Liberia laid wreath on the graves of the late President Daniel B. Warner, Joseph Jenkins Roberts and William V.S. Tubman in Monrovia.
This day, second Wednesday of March each year is set aside by the Liberian National Legislature to be observed as a National Holiday throughout the country.