After two years of pandemic inertia, Independence Day brings euphoria

Young students from National Primary School SDN Pasar Baru 11 ran on the field and created a lively spectacle during the flag-raising ceremony to mark Indonesia’s 77th anniversary of independence.

Their smiles were covered by masks, but their liveliness shone through.

With red and white flags waving left and right, we entered a classroom decorated with red and white patterns to celebrate the independence of the Republic.

It’s been two years since Tita, one of the girls waiting to be picked up, felt the excitement of the Fourth of July celebrations at her school due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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As the COVID-19 situation improved this year, I was finally able to celebrate the day with my friends.

In fact, the COVID-19 pandemic has left many people craving Independence Day celebrations.

For two years, the school’s students participated in the Independence Ceremony in front of the television, saluting the national flag projected on the screen. This year they finally got to witness the flag raising first hand.

While trying to recover from the pandemic, Indonesia has successfully resumed some activities that have been suspended for two years. It seems to be a sign that Indonesia is poised to become stronger with a younger generation.

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According to SDN Pasar Baru 11, Vice Principal Aris W., 2022 is the first year since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic that the school has held a series of celebrations to mark Indonesia’s independence.

The students’ enthusiasm is reflected in their creativity and passion for decorating their classrooms, he added. In addition to the red and white decorations, the students also made handicrafts.

Students who joined the marching band were seen practicing for the march held on the Tuesday before Independence Day (August 16, 2022).

Marching band units led the march through the Pasar Baru area, with lines of students dressed in professional attire such as military and police uniforms, doctor’s uniforms, and regional traditional clothing across the country.

With students representing various professions and national traditions, the march conveyed a message of synergy and unity in Indonesia, reflecting the spirit of independence. It was a testament to the value of diversity instilled in me from an early age.

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On Wednesday (August 17), teachers and students at the school held a flag ceremony for the first time since the outbreak of the pandemic.

Alice revealed that while the typical Independence Day convention didn’t take place, this year’s celebration was truly memorable thanks to the enthusiasm shown by the students.

On the other hand, singer Vidi Ardiano who sang patriotic songs Kebyar Kebyar When Mela Petit At Merdeka Palace as part of the Independence Day celebrations, he said the atmosphere in the palace was very festive.

According to Aldiano, all the invited guests did their best to show up to watch the flag-raising ceremony, which may be because there has been no such celebration in two years.

Consistent with Aldiano’s statement, Mersa, a visitor from Depok, said the atmosphere inside Merdeka Palace was full of excitement.

Mertha was one of 2,000 residents who were able to get a slot to see the ceremony in person at the palace.

“It was really exciting. I didn’t expect it to suddenly change. Dandutan (Also Kanpursari, contemporary Indonesian music genre). I am really satisfied. There was also a lot of food. There were bags with food and souvenirs,” she said.

Child singer Pharel Purayoga, who also performed at the palace, left a deep impression on the guests by successfully making President Joko Widodo laugh.

The moment when some ministers, senior Indonesian Army, Navy and Air Force officials and celebrities left their seats and danced with young singers from Banyuwangi, East Java, will be a unique memory of the 77th anniversary. Independence day of Indonesia.

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Recover Faster, Stand Up Stronger

President Widodo said in his annual speech on August 16 that Indonesia had achieved several goals.

For example, Indonesia ranks among the top five countries in the world in terms of COVID-19 vaccination coverage, he said. Moreover, the Indonesian economy grew by he 5.44% in the second quarter of 2022.

Meanwhile, in Jakarta’s Pasar Baru district, a mobile fruit trader named Septian reveals that his sales have increased since the community returned to normal activities after the easing of restrictions on public movement (PPKM). Did.

However, he was unable to estimate the exact amount of the increased income. What is clear is that during the worst stages of the pandemic, we found it difficult to sell fruit by the evening.

Now, especially as students return to school and public activities increase, he finds it easier to sell the fruit.

A feeling of joy accompanies Indonesia’s journey to recovery. The sweet results after two years of restrictions are finally starting to be felt by people from all walks of life.

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