Samoa’s 52nd Independence Celebration Kicks Off

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Samoa’s 52nd Independence Celebration Kicks Off New Zealand PM, regional leaders, take part

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, June 2, 2014) – Samoa's 52nd Independence anniversary celebrations have been opened this morning at the Parliament house.

Prominent leaders from around the Pacific including New Zealand Prime Minister John Key and his team of delegates, took part in today's ceremony.

A unique feature of this year's celebrations will include the participation of St Mary's college who will march in the national parade to celebrate their 150th anniversary.

St Mary's college, was the country's first established girls' school and is the only girls' school left.

Local resident and former school president Lotesi Kells Slade says old girls have come from around the world to participate in today's parade.

"I'm very lucky to be raised here during independence time. Why this independence is very important - the St Mary's Jubilee 150 years. All the countries - the old girls are here. So the St Mary's are gonna participate in the marching," says Slade.

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