Liberia Flag Day

Liberia Flag Day

August 24
The Liberian flag bears a striking resemblance to the American flag, a visual reminder of the historically close ties between this West African country and the United States. Eleven horizontal stripes—six red and five white—represent the signers of the Liberian Declaration of Independence, while the single white star that sits in the flag's upper left corner signifies Liberia's former position as the sole free black state in Africa.
Flag Day, a patriotic day paying homage to Liberia's national emblem, is an official public holiday. Citizens and public buildings display their flags, and parades often feature schoolchildren and military units. The holiday was first observed in an 1847 convention, when the founding fathers approved the flag's design along with establishing the new republic.
CONTACTS:
Liberia Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism (MICAT)
110 United Nations Dr.
P.O. Box 10-9021
Capitol Hill, 1000
Monrovia, Liberia
www.micat.gov.lr
SOURCES:
AnnivHol-2000, p. 140
NatlHolWrld-1968, p. 124
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