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Anniversary: People urged to keep cheering up spirit of nationalism

  • Musthofid

    Depok, West Java

Depok, West Java   /   Fri, August 14 2020   /  09:18 am
Independence Day like no other: A decorated gate is seen in a neighborhood in the Tanah Kusir area, South Jakarta. Due to the pandemic, Indonesia is likely to celebrate its 75th Independence Day quietly.(JP/Arief Suhardiman)

The celebrations of Indonesia's Independence Day this year may be void of open-air cheerfulness, but the festivities should nevertheless continue to serve as a reminder about the need to foster kinship and a spirit of patriotism, state defense experts say. A group of youths at a residential complex in Depok, West Java, went door to door to raise funds for the organization of an anniversary celebration. They had on them a bunch of documents describing the planned event, including background information on its organization and budgeting and a list of planned activities. “After being colonized for a long time, finally, on 17 August 1945, the people of Indonesia declared their independence, and the whole world recognized the Republic of Indonesia as a unitary state. Activities to commemorate Indonesian independence are carried out every year to remember and express appreci...