Thank God for the courage and bravery of our ancestors.
Because we all know Samoa would not know the meaning of freedom if they did not possess those qualities.
This is a happy thought expressed by 55-year-old Laufasiola Arona of Safata and Tulaele.
“I see a lot of changes today and it’s good, something we should all be proud of,” he tells the Village Voice.
“I stay at Safata and I’m a farmer but today, I chose to come to see my children at Tulaele and also to see what is going on at Apia.
“As a matter of fact, I’m on my way to see all the activities and performances for Independence.
“It’s 55 years of freedom and that’s something big for all of us.
“I mean we would still be slaves if no one ever fought for our right but I’m glad our ancestors did.
“It wasn’t something easy and I honor them for that; for being strong and courageous.
He went on “I always work hard, trying to develop my plantation at Safata.
“I don’t remember the last time I came to Apia because you know for me; I’m so used to the life in the rural areas that I don’t go anywhere else but home.
“I don’t even come to sell my crops at the market because I sell my crops in my own village.
“So coming to the town area feels new because it has been ages.
“Now that I’m here, my plan is just to relax and enjoy what today has to offer because tomorrow, well you know, it’s going back to reality.
“It’s just me and the lands all over again so I don’t know when I’m going to see different faces again, right?
“So for everyone out there, try to have fun and enjoy today and remember to always stay away from trouble.
“Happy Independence Day Samoa! May God bless.”