Independence's year-long to end with a bang

By Talaia Mika 07 May 2023, 11:00PM

The Chairperson of the Independence Committee and Prime Minister, Fiame Naomi Mataafa has finalised program to conclude the country's year-long celebration for its 60th Independence anniversary.

According to the Government press secretariat's Savali newspaper, Fiame highlighted that the government will hold a special service at the Malae i Ti'afau in Mulinuu on 31 May to conclude the year long celebrations to be followed by a concert in the evening.

"We have finalised the program to conclude the 60th independence celebrations as well as as well as celebrating the country's 61st independence anniversary," she said.

"The Fautasi regatta will be carried out on 26 May, then the government will be in Savaii on 27 May to participate in the commemoration of the arrival of the Catholic Church in Samoa (nai Malaeola ma Gafoaga) in Lealatele in Savaii.

"On 31 May there will be the official service to officially conclude the celebrations for the 60th independence celebrations in the evening at Malae i Ti'afau in Mulinuu.

"We will hold a thanksgiving service there and to also bless the country's preparations to celebrate 61 years of independence."

The official conclusion ceremony will be an eventful one as people who have served their countries with pride and honour will be recognized and presented with patches of recognition.

After this ceremony's service and the lowering of the flag, a massive concern will be held to end the night before the country wakes up to another celebration of 61 years of independence.

"On Thursday morning on 1 June, there will also be an official ceremony to commemorate the country's 61 years of independence celebrations at the Malae i Ti'afau. As we did last year, the independence commemoration will be kicked off by thanking God, then the raising of the flag as well as a parade b y schools and ministries," Fiame added.

There will also be live entertainments scheduled for the 61st independence anniversary's celebrations and to be concluded again by lowering the flag to officially end the one day celebration of the 61st independence anniversary.

According to the Prime Minister, the independence committee will inform the country of other commemoration activities for the two independence celebrations.

She added that the distinguished guests for the celebrations are yet to be finalised.

By Talaia Mika 07 May 2023, 11:00PM
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