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A display of unity and pride as Samoa celebrates Independence

Samoa Independence
Source: Samoa Observer

Apia, SAMOA — The early morning downpour on Monday (Samoa time) could not dampen the patriotic spirit and enthusiasm of hundreds of Samoans from all walks of life and different age groups, as they gathered at Mulinu'u to commemorate the 62nd Independence Day celebration.

Despite the government scaling down the festivities this year, schools, organisations, companies, and government ministries showed up in force, proudly waving their Samoan flags high during the Independence march past.

Samoa's Head of State, His Highness Tuimaleali'ifano Va'aletoa Sualauvi II, addressed the nation with heartfelt reflections on the significance of the day. He shared fond memories of the inaugural Independence Day celebration 62 years ago, recalling his participation as a student from the A'ana district.

His Highness also used the occasion to appeal to the nation for unity and support as Samoa prepares to host the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (C.H.O.G.M.) in October.

His Highness expressed his deep sense of pride and gratitude for being able to carry on the esteemed role of Samoa's former Heads of State, and he acknowledged the enduring spirit of independence and pride among the people.

Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mata'afa echoed similar sentiments in her closing remarks. She reflected on Samoa's long journey and the significant milestones achieved over the years. Delighted by the smiles and excitement on everyone's faces during the celebration, she emphasised the importance of national collaboration as Samoa gears up to host C.H.O.G.M.

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