- 29 Jan
VP BOAKAI EULOGIZES THE LATE LIBERIA COUNCIL OF STATE CHAIRPERSON RUTH PERRY:-Saturday, January 28, 2017
January 28, 2017, Trinity Episcopal Church, Columbus, Ohio
United States of America
Liberia’s Vice President, Joseph N. Boakai, has serenaded the fallen Liberian Council of State at a huge funeral service held in Columbus today at the Trinity Episcopal Church on Capitol Square in Columbus, Ohio.
Delivered BynHonorable Joseph N. Boakai, Sr.
Vice President, Republic of Liberia
At The Funeral Service For The
LATE RUTH SANDO FAHNBULLEH PERRY
Former Chairperson, Liberia Council of State
Members of the Bereaved Family;
Indeed Liberia is in deep grief for this profound loss of such a fine character and leader. What a towering daughter she was to our country and continent. Yes, Liberia has lost an inspiring personality, a soothing voice, and a humbling spirit.
I bring you warm greetings from our President, Her Excellency Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the Government and people of Liberia, as we settle to accord our fallen leader, mother, sister, aunt, and niece, the Late Mrs. RUTH SANDO FAHNBULLEH PERRY, former Chairperson of the Liberian Council of State.
For some of us who had the privilege of directly interacting with this outstanding woman, we know for what she stood. While the occasion that brings us here today therefore is largely for mourning her departure and paying a befitting tribute to her memory, we should not forget that the occasion should also stand out as a celebration of an exemplary life.
Chairperson Perry was so nice a being to mankind that she bore no hesitation in coming to the help of anyone who stood in need. Liberians should be proud that the Good Lord chose this land to be the place of her nativity. This nation remains abundantly grateful to you, members of her immediate family, for lending us with the time, energy, and inspiration of so precious a relative.
At a juncture in which our nation found itself–besieged by intractable conflict–it required no less a personality of the fortitude and foresight that Chairperson Ruth Sando Fahnbulleh Perry was. The life she lived—the leadership she exhibited and the personality she exemplified–all sum up into a rich lesson that should continue to influence, guide, and inform successive leaderships in our country. And this speaks to why I feel so pleased that Madam Perry did receive some of her flowers before she took leave of us for the great beyond.
In February of 2014, this nation showed Madam Perry due gratitude for the tenacity and fortitude that she so consistently manifested. One of two commissioned Defender Boats for use by the Liberia Coast Guard was named in her honor. The other was named in memory of yet another eminent and accomplished Liberian woman, Dr. Mary Antoinette Brown-Sherman, former President of the University of Liberia. At the continental level, Madam Perry was among several great African women to be recognized as “WOMEN OF SUBSTANCE” at the African Union (AU) Diaspora African Forum in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Truly, this lady we escort to eternal rest here today was worth all these accolades plus more. Liberians cherish every moment she invested in the fight against war, discrimination, exploitation, inhumanity and violence, vices that carry the huge potential to hold down any nation.
Let me remind all of us however that, above and beyond all of these accolades, the best we can do to cherish her memory is to uphold the principles, ideals, and aspirations she so courageously defended.
Naturally, we cannot help it but sit here today with heavy hearts that she is with us no more. With her good deeds however are guaranteed that her services will forever remain indelibly imprinted on our memory.
We beseech our Common Creator to grant her peaceful repose and blissful reception at His Throne.
May God Almighty Bless us all.
The Official Gazette was read by Labor Minister Neto Zarzar Lighe. The Resolution of Expression issued by the City of Columbus and the Proclamation issued by the Governor of the State of Ohio were read by Vice Presidential Chief of Staff Samuel A. Stevquoah and presented to the bereaved family by the Vice President.