2021 Flag Day: “Triangle of Service — Country, Church, Government”
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — In proclaiming Apr. 16th, today, for the celebration of 2021 Flag Day Gov. Lemanu Peleti Palepoi Sialega Mauga is calling on the government and the people of American Samoa to participate wholeheartedly in this year’s celebration.
The proclamation, dated Apr. 14th, recalls the history of the islands ceded to the United States and becoming a U.S. territory and that the people of American Samoa and the United States, have adhered faithfully to the purposes and obligations of the agreements of cession.
Lemanu then paid tribute to those who are serving on the frontline during the COVID-19 pandemic, saying that, “while we recognize all our emergency first responders, nurses, doctors, administrators and healthcare workers on the frontline combatting this pandemic, it is your ability to serve selflessly and have sacrificed your lives that has kept American Samoa safe during this unprecedented time”.
This Flag Day, “we honor your service by adopting a theme that encompasses the attributes of unselfish service to our people, “Triangle of Service: Country, Church, Government”,” according to the proclamation.
The scaled down Flag Day ceremony opens this morning at the Malaeoletalu in Fagatogo with prayers, speeches and the flag raising.
NO COVID VACCINATION CLINICS FOR THE TWO HOLIDAYS
In a brief health advisory issued yesterday morning, Health director Motusa announced that there will "no COVID-19 vaccinations” for today — Friday, Apr. 16 and Monday April 19.
“We are supporting the Governor's Flag Day Initiative and will stand down in these two days,” Motusa said, adding that all Health Department clinics will be closed.
COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics at Tafuna Community Health Center Health Center, Gov. Rex Lee Auditorium and A.P. Lutali Executive Office Building will reopen Wednesday, Apr. 21st and Friday, Apr. 23rd, from 8am - 3pm.
According to the director, the Tafuna Dental Clinic will remain closed until further notice.
However, the satellite pharmacy at Tafuna Health Center will remain open today, Friday, for regular hours, and close next week Monday, for the declared holiday.
“We apologize for the inconvenience and wish everyone a Happy Flag Day Celebration,” said DoH. For vaccine concerns, please call 219 for further questions.
The COVID-19 Task Force once again urges the community to get their vaccination doses.