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ULAA Presidential hopeful, John P. Tarley depart the Twin Cities on Friday, July 22, 2011 for Des Moines, Iowa as head of a 5-man high power delegation, where he is tarleyCarter_collage.jpgexpected to deliver Liberia’s167th Independence Day oration.

A release issued here today, said Mr. Tarley’s visit to Iowa, is based on an invitation from the President, Chairman and members of the Board of Directors of the Liberian Association of Iowa, requesting him to serve as key note speaker at program marking Liberia’s Independence day celebration, on Saturday, July 23, 2011.

In their invitation, the leadership of Iowa noted: "we will be honored to have you serve as our July 26th orator…and look forward to seeing you in IOWA."

The Liberian Community Association of Des Moines, Iowa was founded in 2006, and has a membership of over 3,000 Liberians. Recently, the association acquired a multi-purpose Community Event Center that is second to none amongst Liberian Organizations in the Diaspora.

Members of Mr. Tarley’s entourage to Des Moines include, Madam Joyce Tarley, Mr. Edward William Carter, Jr., and Chairman of the Tarley for ULAA National Campaign Committee, Mr. Kirkpatrick Weah, and Mr. Sayon Morris, publisher of the Liberian Media & Advertising Corporation.

While in Des Moines Mr. Tarley and delegation is expected to hold discussions with city officials of Des Moines, including heads of Counties, and others non-profit organizations.

Liberia declared its independence on July 26, 1847, becoming the first independence African republic. The impetus behind Liberia's decision to formally sever itself from the American Colonization Society is discussed in the introduction to the Constitution of 1847.

As usual every year Liberians resident in the United States join their compatriotic in Liberia and throughout the world to celebrate their nation’s independence and Liberians resident in Des Moines, Iowa are no exceptions. This year is Liberia’s164th Independence Anniversary. In Liberia, the main celebration will be held in Lofa County.

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