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|The holiday was first observed in an 1847 convention, when the founding fathers approved the flag's design as well as the new republic|
National Flag day is a national holiday in Liberia observed on 24th August.
It commemorates the adoption of the Liberian flag in 1847.
History of National Flag Day
In July 1847, the Liberian Declaration of Independence was adopted, announcing the independence of Liberia from the United States. Just over a month later, the national flag of Liberia was adopted.
Despite having declared independence from the United States, the spilt wasn't that acrimonious as the Liberian flag is clearly based on the flag of the United States.
The National Flag was designed and produced by a committee of seven ladies led by Mrs. Susannah Lewis. (The flag of the United States was also designed by a woman, Betsy Ross of Philadelphia.)
The flag has 11 horizontal red stripes representing the 11 men who signed the Liberian Declaration of Independence.
The single star represents the freedom that formed the basis of Liberia and should shine forth across the rest of Africa. To an extent this proved to true as Liberia was never ruled by a European colonial power like all its neighbours in the rest of West Africa.
Did you know?
Liberia’s National Soccer Team is called the 'Lone Star'.
An Act approved on 25 October 1915 by the National Legislature of the Republic of Liberia declared the 24th Day of August of each year as 'National Flag Day' to be observed as a National Holiday. Each year the President of Liberia reiterates this by issuing a proclamation declaring the holiday.
According to a government press release, the presidential proclamation calls on the Ministry of Education and all other government agencies concern to design programs befitting the day and that all citizens of the Republic, foreign residents within the border to give prominence to the observance of the day throughout the Republic by flying the National Flag from each dwelling and public building, and that all government offices, public and business houses be closed on this day.
Sources: Wikipedia, Complete Flags of the World, The Executive Mansion, Encyclopaedia Brittanica