The Indonesian Declaration of Independence was officially proclaimed at 10.00 a.m. on Friday, August 17, 1945, by our first President, Soekarno. Today, August 17, 2008, Indonesia my beloved country, celebrates the 63rd Independence Day. The official theme from the government was (sorry, i did not translate in English to avoid wrong interpretation):
Dengan Semangat Proklamasi 17 Agustus 1945, Kita Lanjutkan Pembangunan Ekonomi Menuju Peningkatan Kesejahteraan Rakyat, serta Kita Perkuat Ketahanan Nasional Menghadapi Tantangan Global.
The good news at this celebration moment was the country's poverty rate has decreased from 17.7 percent in 2006 to 15.4 percent in March 2008. This was the lowest poverty figure during the last 10 years.
If you was here, you may see various unique races to celebrate it, like: Lomba Panjat Pinang, Lomba Lari Karung, Lomba Makan Kerupuk, etc. Neighborhood associations coordinate special activities for the neighborhood children and may request donations from homeowners to sponsor games and prizes for the children. I think this was good activity to strengthen relations between the neighbors.
This was my little effort as a blogger to celebrate our country's Independence Day. Source: Personal observation, http://www.indonesia.go.id, http://en.wikipedia.org