Ethiopia celebrates the 8th National Flag Day

flagsSpeaker of the House of Peoples’ Representatives, Abadula Gemeda, told Ethiopia’s youth that they should stand together under the national flag and make every effort to ensure and sustain the country’s renaissance.

Speaking at the 8th National Flag Day celebration held at Addis Ababa Stadium on Monday, Speaker Abadula said Ethiopia has come a long way on its renaissance journey. The youth of the country should follow the footsteps of their fathers and grandfathers and make concerted effort in the fight against poverty. The Speaker have contributed a lot to the peace and stability over the last two decades and its flag was honored and could be held high on the continental and international stages. We have come a long way from the verge of disintegration nearly 25 years ago, he said, and reached a stage of exemplary growth and development under a democratic governmental system, adding “this is a time to stand together and celebrate this success by hoisting our flag high as a symbol of our national identity.”

The Mayor of Addis Ababa city, Mayor Diriba Kuma, said the national flag was a symbol of the unity of the nations, nationalities and peoples of the country.” It is”, he said “a representation of our oath to live in mutual respect and unity. It is a sign of our democratic unity. We need to keep the values that tie us together and join hands to ensure and sustain Ethiopia’s renaissance”. The Mayor urged the people of Addis Ababa and the country at large to resist religious fundamentalism which he described as a challenge to the centuries-long mutual respect and tolerance the different religious beliefs of Ethiopia enjoyed. The Mayor also encouraged the people to make every effort to help the country attain the key goals set under the second Growth and Transformation Plan and “keep the national flag hoisted high” National Flag Day is being celebrated across the country in celebrations at numerous venues.