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Indonesia in search for heroes

  • Donny Syofyan

Jakarta   /   Wed, November 10 2010   /  09:51 am

National Heroes Day is celebrated annually  on Nov. 10. The date comes from the Battle of Surabaya in 1945 between pro-independence Indonesian soldiers and the Dutch, or Nederlandsch Indie Civil Administratie (NICA), troops with support from British troops. The battle is regarded as the heaviest single battle of the revolution and became a national symbol of Indonesian resistance.One of the key figures celebrated on National Heroes Day is Sutomo, or Bung (elder brother) Tomo. Bung Tomo played an important role in the Battle of Surabaya He was famous for his numerous impassioned speeches and radio broadcasts. But only in 2008, 27 years after his death, the government bestowed the title of National Hero on Bung Tomo. It is lamentable that national heroes frequently do not get the respect and recognition they deserve. To some of us, National Heroes Day is ...