Savai'i women pay tribute to founding fathers

Two Savai'i women were elated to be part of another independence day celebration.

The celebration on Saturday made them reminisce of their childhood days.

Sixty-seven-year-old Taumaoe Tofa and 73-year-old Kolasticka Toleafoa — who are from Saipipi Savai'i — were among the crowd who turned up at Mulinu'u Saturday to be part of the country's 57th independence anniversary celebrations.

Mrs. Tofa said they can remember seeing videos of Samoa's second independence celebrations and how it had an impact on them as Samoans. 

“We can never miss this very precious day of the year. Back then when we were kids, we watched on television of how touching the second Independence Day was and we had always wanted to participate.

“As we grew older and were able to find our own way to Upolu, we never missed any Independence Day ever since because this was our dream come true and we’re still living it right now,” she said. 

The pair were among women from Savai'i who joined the Women’s Organization of Samoa for the Independence Day march.

Mrs. Toleafoa paid tribute to Samoa's founding fathers, saying the dances on Saturday by the school children is due to the hard of the country's founding fathers.

“It was also our intention to come watch the children of Samoa dancing and performing with the knowledge that they’re now dancing happily like that because of our leaders back in the days.”

“If it weren’t for them there would be no dancing and no celebration of this beautiful day so once again, I thank God for I have been born a Samoan especially that I was born before Samoa was independent,” she said.

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