On the 17th of August 1945, in a brief ceremony on the streets of Jakarta, Indonesia’s first president Sukarno proclaimed to the world that the colonial Rule of the Dutch East Indies had ended.
Today marked Indonesia’s 71st Independence Anniversary since that day and Indonesians in Papua New Guinea joined their countrymen all over the world in celebration.
Indonesians in Port Moresby gathered at the Indonesian Embassy to commemorate the day in the most traditional way.
Dancers, travelled all the way from Indonesia to join the celebrations.
Each mothers dressed their children in white tailor-made attires for their children to symbolize the spirit of peace and unity by which they gathered.
Indonesian Ambassador to PNG Ronald Manik said it was a day to honor the sacrifices of National Leaders like Sukarno, Mohammed Hatta and Sutan Sjahrir, who pushed for independence in the face of objection from others who chose to settle for more autonomy.
The ambassador added that he wanted his people continue their forefathers legacy as a country that can thrive in the international arena.