The Jakarta Post
In an effort to boost the spirit of nationalism, Surabaya Mayor Tri Rismaharani has asked people to play patriotic anthems for 10 days in the lead up to National Heroes Day.
Surabaya, known as the city of heroes, has strong historical ties with Heroes Day, which falls on Nov. 10.
The day marks the Battle of Surabaya in 1945, during which Indonesian pro-independence fighters fought British and British Indian troops. The battle helped galvanize international support for Indonesia’s independence.
Surabaya administration spokesman Febriadhitya Prajatara said the mayor wanted the public to participate in the commemoration of Heroes Day.
“We hope everyone complies with the letter from the mayor,” Febriadhitya said as quoted by Antara.com on Wednesday.
In a letter issued on Oct. 22, the mayor asked people, governmental offices and private companies to play patriotic anthems from Nov. 1 to Nov. 10, starting at 8 a.m.
Civil servants and private sector employees are expected to wear pro-independence fighter costumes and place an Indonesian flag pin on the left side of the chest during work hours on Oct. 8.
“[Surabaya people] may take a moment of silence together at 8:15 p.m on Nov. 10 for 60 seconds, which will be marked by car honking, as well as the sounds of bedug [drum] at mosques and bells at churches,” the letter reads.
Also on Nov. 10, the public is also asked to hoist the red-and-white flag from 6 a.m until 6 p.m. (dpk)