02 June 2012

Samoa Independence Day

In 1962, Samoa became the first South Pacific island to gain independence. This year marks Samoa's Golden Jubilee. Be sure to catch hype and festivities of the Celebrations. People gather to  Mulinu'u, near Apia, to watch the celebrations, which include the annual independence march, village cultural performances and the much anticipated flag-raising ceremony. 

Samoa's Chief of State, Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi, addresses the crowd. He speaks of  the country's past and the struggles it has faced. The tragedies of earthquakes, hurricanes and recently the tsunami off the southern coast of Upolu that killed almost 200 people. 

"We have been blessed with good leadership ... and we acknowledge that leadership," he says.

"Samoa is not a Government, Samoa is a family."

Mau leaders and Tupua Tamasese Lealofi III in front of Mau office 1929

Women's Mau leaders and committee in front of octagonal Mau office ca 1930

Press Statement from Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton

What does 50 years of Independence mean to me?
To Remember the journey our ancestors took, that future generations may have freedom.

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