Samoa Celebrates 55th Independence

By Misiona Simo and Joyetter Feagaimaali’i-Luamanu ,

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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.

More than 300 employees from Yazaki EDS including the management attended the parade as part of Samoa’s 55 years Independence celebration. Photos / Misiona Simo
More than 300 employees from Yazaki EDS including the management attended the parade as part of Samoa’s 55 years Independence celebration. Photos / Misiona Simo
Samoa National Provident Fund employees at the parade.
Samoa National Provident Fund employees at the parade.
Samoa Primary School, bright and early at the parade.
Samoa Primary School, bright and early at the parade.
Students from Avele College, part of the celebrations this year.
Students from Avele College, part of the celebrations this year.
Su'a Suluape with members of the Malofie group.
Su'a Suluape with members of the Malofie group.

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.

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