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His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie I
CULTURE
 
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....
 
Unveiling Ras Makonnen Monument
 
... 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.
 
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 achievements.
 
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.