Guannu Wants Flag Respected
Liberian historian Joseph Saye Guannu has called for a nationwide respect for the flag as the nation gears toward celebrating its 165th anniversary on August 24, 2012.
Making a rare appearance at the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism Thursday, Dr. Guannu said the flag is a national symbol and should be respected by every Liberian.
Apart from it being a national symbol, Dr. Guannu said Liberian flag is Africa’s oldest flag and is the champion of African redemption and unity.
He further made a call for the preservation of places, artifacts, and events, which he said would give Liberia a sense of nationhood and direction.
He clarified some well-circulated myths of the flag and its makers, ruling out the famous Matilda Newport as one of its seven pioneers.
However, he does not support nor reject calls made by some for the flag to be changed. He is only afraid that it will herald a lot of changes in the history of Liberia.
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