|A country of a history that stretches from ancient times, |
Ethiopia has a long and varied cultural heritage. Since
it is the Emperor's policy to select strains of modern
civilization and to blend them with worthwhile and
enduring elements from the Nation's ancient culture....
|... It is only fitting that the present and future |
generations of Ethiopia should revere the names and
scan closely the biography of Our forefathers who,
through their courage, wisdom and foresight,
throughout the last three millenia, devoted their lives
to the greatness and advancement of Ethiopia, and to
honour each one of them by erecting and preserving
memorials. Monuments so erected help to recall the
past, to link the present with the future generation and
to encourage Our beloved people to accomplish better
things with greater zeal and devotion by reminding
them of the greatness of Our history.
|Unveiling H.H. Ras Makonnen Monument
|It is for Us today a source of gratification and immense joy when We unveil in the city of Harar this |
statue of Our father His Highness Ras Makonnen, whose name occupies ample space in the pages of
Ethiopian history as the foremost among the country's distinguished servants who, during the past
century, rendered invaluable service to preserve the unity and greatness of Ethiopia, already
attested by recorded acheivements.
|Selected Speeches of His Imperial Majesty, Haile Selassie I, 1918-1967; Published by:|
The Imperial Ethiopian Ministry of Information, Publication and Foreign Languages
Press Department, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 1967, p. 613-614 Speech: October 2, 1960.