Armed Forces Day came into existence by legislation on February 11, 1957, following the formation of the army in 1908, and it is with the sole intent of paying homage to the men and women of the Liberian army.
Speaking a at a news conference held at the Barclays Training Center (BTC) in Monrovia, the Assistant Minister for Public Affairs, Sam Collins, said the GSA Boss will also be among several others that will receive the highest Distinguished Service Order Award.
“General” Broh” as she is widely described, especially during the era of former President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, is a strict disciplinarian.
“The keynote speaker at this year’s Armed Forces Day is going to be Madam Mary T. Broh. She is not just going to speak, but she is going to receive the highest service award; and that is the Distinguished Service Award,” said Collins.
The Defense Ministry official also disclosed that this year’s celebration will begin with a symposium on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at the Monrovia City Hall.
According to him, the symposium will be held under the theme: “Strategies to incorporate more females in the security: AFL in perspective,” with the goal encouraging women’s participation in the security sector, especially the army.
“The keynote speaker for the symposium is Her Honor, Counselor JamesattaWolokollie, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Liberia. The discussants for this year’s program include: Brig General Geraldine J. George, Deputy Chief of Staff of the AFL, Madam Faith A. Cooper, Country Director, International Rescue Committee, Miss Facia Harris, Media Officer, Independent Information Commission, Her Excellency Ingrid Wetterqvist, Swedish Ambassador to Liberia among other several top personalities,” he stated.
As part of the many activities earmarked, Collins mentioned that the armed forces will embark on a cleanup campaign in Caldwell, noting that this is aimed at making the community feel part of the military.
“The people need not to be afraid of the military. Residents will turn out in their numbers. We will also go to Careysburg for a medical outreach on the 8th of February,” he asserted.
In a related development, Collins has clarified reports that the 14 Military Hospital in Margibi County will not be dedicated on February 11.
Recent media reports and rumors have circulated in some quarters of the Liberian society that the dedication of the hospital would have formed part of the day’s celebration.
However, the Assistant Minister explained that the hospital is only 95 percent completed and that President George Manneh Weah and an array of government officials and foreign dignitaries will tour the facility on February 10.