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."