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National Decoration Day

National Decoration Day 2020 and 2021 in Liberia

The second Wednesday of March is Decoration Day in Liberia, also sometimes referred to as “Memorial Day”. It is a day to decorate the graves of one’s relatives who have passed away, and it is especially a time to remember the national heroes of Liberia.

202011 MarWedNational Decoration Day
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Decoration Day was made an official national holiday in Liberia in on 24 October 1916 with an Act of the National Legislature.

On Decoration Day, people decorate the graves of their deceased relatives with flowers or wreaths and trim overgrown grass or plants near the grave site. The Liberian flag is flown at half mast to mourn for the nation’s fallen heroes, and workers have a day off.