Samoa’s 56th Independence Day celebrations have been officially opened with a Prayer Service this evening.
The service was conducted by the Chairman of the National Council of Churches, Leaupepe Kasiano Leaupepe at the Mulivai Catholic Cathedral.
It was the first official activity of the celebrations this year and it was well attended.
The Head of State, His Highness Tuimaleali’ifano Vaaletoa Sualauvi II and the Masiofo, Her Highness Fa’amausili Leinafo were there.
They joined the Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, his wife Gillian Malielegaoi; Chief Justice, his Honour Patu Tiava’asu’e Falefatu Sapolu, Cabinet Ministers, Members of Parliament, Members of the diplomatic corps and guests.
Leaupepe was assisted by Elder Faalogo Sapele, the Treasurer of the National Council of Churches.
The official programme starts at 6.05am tomorrow with the arrival of the official guests.
The Head of State, His Highness Tuimaleali’ifano Vaaletoa Sualauvi II, will deliver the official independence address followed by the raising of the flag by Member of the Council of Deputies, Le Mamea Ropati Mualia.
Entertainment will be provided by the E.F.K.S. Youth Vaisala and E.F.K.S Youth Saleapaga. Cultural performances will then follow in front of the Government building.