Thank you very much for giving me this opportunity to speak to you today.

I am very proud to be Indonesian.

Indonesia has been independent for seventy-one years.  Since 1945.

Today, on this day, the Seventeenth of August, we the people of Indonesia celebrate our independence with a flag ceremony, competitions and games.

Jakarta is our capital city and Monas is our national monument.

Indonesia is a democratic Republic with an elected president every five years.

We are a country of much culture, custom and tradition with a population of more than two hundred and fifty million people in thirty four provinces across thirteen thousand islands speaking nearly five hundred different ethnic languages.

Our diversity is both united and unique.

The beautiful island of Bali and the temples of Borobodur and Prambanan are examples of attractions which draw visitors from all over the world to our shores.

From the tip of Sumatra to the outer reaches of Papua. Indonesia is celebrated.

Merdeka!  Independence.  Freedom to all.

Peace on earth to everyone.  God bless Indonesia!

Thank you.




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