75th Anniversary of the Indonesian National Armed Forces

5 October 2020

The Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Pretoria celebrated the Indonesian Armed Forces Day on Monday, October 5, 2020 at the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia Hall Pretoria in the midst of COVID-19 pandemic. This simple celebration, which adhered to strict health protocols, was attended by the Indonesian Ambassador, all embassy staff, and some Indonesian citizens living in South Africa. The event was also attended by Mr. Tsepe Motumi, the Special Advisor to the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans of the Republic of South Africa and Advocate Ajay Sooklal, Legal and Economic Diplomacy Specialist.  

Photo: (seated l-r): Mme. Umi Mahmudah Al Farisi (spouse of Ambassador); His Excellency Ambassador Salman Al Farisi; Mr. Tsepe Motumi (Special Advisor of the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans); Advocate Ajay Sooklal; Col. Rolly Stephanus Rore (Indonesian Defence Attache); and Mrs. Rore. Standing are Indonesian Embassy Officials

The Indonesian National Armed Forces Day that is celebrated annually on 5 October, the day Tentara Keamanan Rakyat or the People's Security Armed Forces was founded in 1945. The People’s Security Armed Forces was the predecessor of the the Indonesian National Armed Forces, which was itself a replacement for the Badan Keamanan Rakyat or the People's Security Bureau established on 29 August the same year. During the celebration, military parades, fun games, concerts and other events are held nationwide in major cities and provincial capitals in honor of the Armed Forces’s serving men and women and military veterans.

In his opening remarks, the Defense Attaché to the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in South Africa, Colonel (Navy) Rolly Stephanus Rore, said that the celebration is more than just a normal Indonesian National Armed Forces day, it is celebrated to honor all people who have served in the Indonesian National Armed Forces, especially to honor those who have passed away defending the motherland of Indonesia. The celebration is also intended to express appreciation of the present and future generations who are ready to defend Indonesia. The Defense Attaché also conveyed the importance of synergizing the Indonesian National Armed Forces in all lines of life in Indonesia, which is also this year the theme of the Indonesian National Armed Forces Anniversary. “SINERGI UNTUK NEGERI” which means Synergy for the country.

Photo: Ambassador Salman Al Farisi had the honour to perform the “Nasi Tumpeng” (the cone-shaped rice) cutting ceremony.

The Indonesian Ambassador to South Africa, His Excellency Mr. Salman Al Farisi, in his remarks congratulated all members of the National Armed Forces, while expressing the importance of continuing to revive the spirit of defending the homeland and the synergy for the country. On this occasion, Ambassador Al Farisi has the honour to perform the “Nasi Tumpeng” (the cone-shaped rice) cutting ceremony. The philosophy of “Nasi Tumpeng” is related to the geographical condition of Indonesian archipelago, especially the Island of Java as a fertile island with numerous mountains and volcanos. “Tumpeng” ceremony dates back to ancient Indonesian tradition that revered mountains as the abode of hyangs, the spirit of ancestors and Gods.

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