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11 Nov 2019

Heroes' Day Ceremony, National Library Employees Are Called To Be Today's Heroes

Salemba, Jakarta - In commemoration of Heroes' Day, employees and leaders of the National Library of Indonesia attend the flag ceremony. This year, the theme of commemorating Heroes' Day is "I am a Hero of the Present".

In his mandate, Director of the National Library of Indonesia Muhammad Syarif Bando stated that Heroes' Day was commemorated to recall the Battle of November 10, 1945 in Surabaya as one of the most historic moments in maintaining Indonesian independence. In this battle, people united, fought and never gave up against the Dutch invaders who wanted to re-establish their power in Indonesia.

"With the commemoration of Heroes' Day, it is hoped that we could better appreciate the services and sacrifice of the heroes, as one of our Founding Fathers, Bung Karno stated that only a nation that values the services of its heroes can be a great nation," Syarif Bando said in the National Library yard at Salemba, Jakarta, on Monday (11/11/2019).

To respond to the struggle of the nation's fighters, National Library employees were asked to become today's heroes. This can be done through concrete actions in strengthening the integrity of the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia. "Now to become heroes, not only those who struggle to take up arms to chase away the invaders, but we can also by making achievements in various fields of life, providing benefits for public, bringing the fragrant of the nation's name in the international eyes," he explained while reading the mandate from the Minister of Social.

Syarif Bando appealed to five hundred employees to increase awareness in loving and maintaining the motherland until the end of life. Employees are reminded not to be easily provoked to incite and provoked one another. Heroes' Day should be interpreted as a real form, work and work to develop the country towards Advanced Indonesia. Syarif added that by becoming today's heroes, the employees of National Library will help to overcome the nation's problems.

Reporter: Hanna Meinita

Photographer: Eka Purniawati

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