PNG Celebrates 37th Anniversary Of Independence

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Events planned around country on Sunday

By Gorethy Kenneth

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, Sept. 14, 2012) – Prime Minister Peter O’Neill will address the Nation giving his 37th Independence Anniversary Keynote address at the Independence Hill early Sunday morning.

This is when the PNG Flag will be raised to honour PNG’s Independence Anniversary, which will also be witnessed by the Deputy Speaker Aide Ganase, heads of Foreign Missions, Members of Parliament, Departmental Heads, and Heads of the three Disciplinary Forces – Police, PNG Defence Force and Correctional Services plus other guests.

Prime Minister O’Neill will arrive today from his Russia and China trips, in time to celebrate Papua New Guinea’s 37th Independence Anniversary with the people.

Governor-General Sir Michael Ogio will also address the Nation, giving his anniversary speech late in the afternoon, on the same day, at the Flag Lowering Ceremony, which will be held at the Sir John Guise Stadium.

The Event Council yesterday told the Weekend Courier that the Flag Raising ceremony will take place at the Independence Hill at 6am, followed by the 37th Independent anniversary breakfast at the State Function Room, National Parliament at 7am.

The Flag Lowering Ceremony will be held at the Sir John Guise Stadium starting at 3pm.

A Parade and Mounting of the Guard will be held before the Nation’s address by Sir Michael, a Guard of Honour, in slow time for firing of Vollies and Bugler sounds before the flag is lowered.

NCD Governor Powes Parkop will be the Principle Guest of Honour while the Parade Host PNGDF Commander Brigadier General Francis Agwi will take charge of the evening program, which is the Flag Lowering Ceremony.

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