The Samoan police in a previous Independence parade at the Mulinu’u traditional malae. The 2016 celebrations will be one of the very first to be held outside of Mulinu’u.
APIA, SAMOA: TUESDAY 24 MAY 2016: The Presidents of Fiji, His Excellency George Konrote & Mrs Konrote and the President of French Polynesia, His Excellency Tagaloa Edouard Fritch & Mrs Fritch will join the Governor of American Samoa, Afioga Lolo Moliga and Faletua in the 54th anniversary celebrations of Samoa’s independence 01 June 2016.
The Titular Head of Tokelau, Hon. Aliki Faipule Afega Gaualofa & Mrs Kilita Gaualofa will be among the VIPs.
The celebrations start with the Dedication Church Service under the auspices of the National Council of Churches 31 May and the formal ceremonies including the address by His Highness the Head of State, the Flag raising and March Past at the Tuana’imato Sports complex, early Wednesday 01 June 2016.
Thursday 02 June and Friday 03 June will be public holidays.
PROGRAMME FOR THE 54th INDEPENDENCE ANNIVERSARY 2016
TUESDAY 31 MAY 2016
Dedication Church Service to mark the Official Commencement of the 2016 Independence Celebrations.
Methodist Church, Matafele (Conducted under the auspices of the National Council of Churches)
WEDNESDAY 01 JUNE 2016
All schools, Organisations, Government Ministries & Corporations congregate at the Hockey Stadium, Tuana’imato.
Invited guests are seated.
Arrival of the Hon. Prime Minister of Samoa
Susuga Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi & Mrs Gillian Malielegaoi
Arrival of the Members of the Council of Deputies
* Afioga Tuimaleali’ifano Va’aleto’a Sualauvi ll & Masiofo Fa’amausili L. Tuimaleali’ifano
* Afioga Le Mamea Tuiletufuga Ropati Mualia & Masiofo Elisa Mualia
* Tofa Tuiloma Pule Lameko & Masiofo Meilini Lameko
Arrival of the Titular Head of Tokelau
Hon. Aliki Faipule Afega Gaualofa & Mrs Kilita Gaualofa
Arrival of the Governor of American Samoa
Afioga Lolo Moliga & Faletua
Arrival of the President of French Polynesia
His Excellency Tagaloa Edouard Fritch & Mrs Fritch
Arrival of the President of Fiji
His Excellency George Konrote & Mrs Konrote
(National Anthem of Fiji)
Arrival of His Highness the Head of State – Afioga Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi & Masiofo FilifiliaTamasese
(National Anthem of the Independent State of Samoa. Inspection of the Guard of Honour)
COMMENCEMENT OF PROGRAMME
Master of Ceremonies
(Tofa Agafili Shem Leo – Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of the Prime Minister & Secretary to Cabinet)
Address by His Highness the Head of State
Afioga Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi
The National Anthem of Samoa and Raising of the Flag of Independence
Afioga Tama Aiga – Tuimaleali’ifano Va’aleto’a Sualauvi II
21 Gun Salute
Schools, Organisations and Government entities (Led by the Samoa Police Band)
11:00 am – Lunch Break
Cultural Entertainment (Malae Ta’alo – Tuana’imato)
I. Youth Dance Group EFKS – Faatoialemanu
2. Contemporary Dance – Lepa & Lotofaga College
3. Ola Toe Fuataina Dance Group
Cultural Entertainment – Malae Ta’alo i Tuana’imato
1. Leone, Amerika Samoa (pese ma le siva)
2. Falealupo (pese)
3. Kolisi o Pesega (siva)
4. Kolisi o Lepa ma Lotofaga (siva)
5. Kolisi o Amoa (siva)
6. Fasito’o-uta (pese ma le siva)
Presentation of Traditional Gifts
* Independence Committee
Closing Address by the Joint Chairperson 2016
– Susuga Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi
RETREAT– Samoa Police Force
HYMN – Lo’u Nu’u e, o Samoa e
BENEDICTION – Ta’ita’i o le Sauniga
54th INDEPENDENCE CELEBRATIONS OFFICIALLY CLOSED
THURSDAY 02 JUNE 2016 Public Holiday
FRIDAY 03 JUNE 20 1 6 Family & Shopping Day