Thousands came together to pay their respects, and celebrate Samoa’s 55th Independence Day.
The program was held in front of the government building, for the nation to pay tribute to our forbears for the freedom we enjoy today.
In attendance was the Head of State, His Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi, Her highness Masiofo Filifilia Tamasese.
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr Sa'ilele Malielegaoi welcomed the distinguished guests.
Among them was the New Zealand’s Prime Minister Bill English, his wife Dr Mary English, Ulu Tokelau, Aliki Faipule Siopili Perez and Faletua Taase Perez; American Samoa Governor, First Lady Cynthia Malala Moliga, and diplomatic corps.
The raising of the flag was by Member of the Council of Deputies, Tuimaleali’ifano Vaaletoa Sualauvi II and a 21-gun salute was performed by the firing of cannons. Traditional entertainments are scheduled for the afternoon.