Heroes Day

Inspired by my friend’s post about Heroes Day, I want to write something just to remind myself, and you, that this day, November 10th, is a Heroes Day in Indonesia..

Speaking about Heroes day, I miss a lot of my times in elementary school where I used to be a Flag-Carrier boys. In my elementary schools years, it is such a big things for the students to ever have a position in Ceremonial Activities. Whether it is only a Class Guard (I find it difficult to express in English), a Ceremony Leader, a Conductor for students singing Indonesia Raya, or just a Pancasila and UUD 1945 reader..

We, in Ceremony Team, practiced a lot when it was near the day of the ceremony. Teacher would be angry to us if we didn’t gather around the field to practice the day before. We practice how to walk, how to salute the Flag, how to shout the commands correctly (for the ceremony leader), etc. As long as I remembered, my first position in Ceremony Team was a Class Guard. The students make a line and group in the ceremony based on their class. And each class has a Class Guard, who will give command and “lead” that class at the ceremony.

We did a little competition to get “higher” position in the Ceremony Team. We also had an opportunity to advance to the bigger level of ceremony, such as Independence Days Ceremonial Team, if we performed good in our school. It was such a big proud for us, the students, to be a ceremonial team in my city at the Independence Day of Indonesia.

When I went to Junior High School, I was also selected to be one of Ceremonial Team in my school. I was in Flag-Carrier team with 2 of my friends. It was kinda fun joining this team. We had a lot of activities, not only ceremonial, but also some out-school activities. One of the most interesting part of it was when we, the former students of the team, have to select the new member.

Youngsters this day absolutely know the terms of Orientation (OSPEK). I liked Orientation in my Junior High School period. Not that I was a mean person because I also liked to be oriented. It was challenging for me. Not interested to tell the detail, except one fact that at the night of the orientation day I made a little girl cried because I asked about her intention to use her watch 😀

In Senior High School, at the first day of Orientation, when the School Commitee asked the students who wanted to be an Opening Ceremonial Team, I raised my hands saying that I had a little experience in Flag-Carrier. Sadly, in my school, only women who carries the flag. I still participated in the ceremony though, but my position wasn’t good enough to be told (actually I didn’t know -again- how to call it in English). I was kinda assigned to be the student who have to call the teacher to lead the ceremony. Not a big things rite 😀

My adventures to be Ceremonial Team ended in Senior High School period, since I didn’t have much time (or just lazy 😀 ), to join the orientation. Absolutely, since there isn’t any ceremonial things in University, I couldn’t join any of it. Besides, if there exists that ceremony team, I don’t think that I will join them. Hehehe…

Ah… Remembering that stories.. I am just wondering if youngsters this day still admire and interested at that kind of activities..

p.s. This post didn’t have any relation with Heroes Day though 😀


6 Responses to “Heroes Day”

  1. 1 adebayu
    November 10, 2007 pukul 11:47 pm

    Za, some of our friends in HM* forget about Pancasila and its symbols.. -_-
    I forget several national songs too…
    It was tested.
    Cem mana this can happen???

  2. 2 arikuncoro2id
    November 12, 2007 pukul 9:02 am

    I’m proud of you that remember our last national day, we call it, Heroes Day. I almost forget it, Za… Coz, I never attend to ceremony anymore, since I was in University. In addition, Heroes Day 2007 is on Saturday, which is weekend, right? I just remember that Heroes Day because of TV show. (parah… ! :))

  3. November 13, 2007 pukul 8:55 am

    waduh, parah kuwi, de.. pahlawane dudu pattimura utawa pangeran antasari, tapi maxwell dan kirchoff, dadi ingete yo hukum maxwell karo hukum kirchoff 😀

    sik sik, tapi aku isih inget po ra yo (halah, podo ae 😀 )

    no need to proud, friend 😀 I never attend ceremony in university also, and i am sure most of students in ITB don’t do that either. but, doesn’t really matter, because our nationalism isn’t reflected by our attendance in ceremony rite 😀

  4. November 13, 2007 pukul 9:22 pm

    heroes season piro iki jack…
    hehehe… 😀
    hidup pahlawan !!

  5. 5 Putri
    November 15, 2007 pukul 11:25 pm

    Kepaaddaaa….. Sang Merah Putihh….. HORMATTTT… grakkk!!!!!

  6. 6 ridwan
    November 17, 2007 pukul 9:14 am

    jadi paham beda karakter warga kota pahlawan dengan karakter ibukota pada umumnya setelah baca postinganmu, sa.

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