August 17th 2011.
I bleed Red and White because I'm one proud Indonesian. I love my country forever and beyond. I hope each of us (Indonesians) will take time to reflect on what Independence Day is really about – remembering the sacrifices of our soldiers who have given their service (and their lives) to protect the freedoms so many of us take for granted. Freedom is not a gift. It is an earned benefit that was paid for by the blood of our heroes.
I wanted to take this opportunity to share with you a remembrance of my grandfather and his fellow soldiers who fought for Indonesia's freedom, fought many times to unite Indonesia.
He's my hero, but I honor him even more as a loving husband to his wives (after my grandmother died, he re-married), an incredible father to his children, and a beloved grandfather to me.
So today, I pause to reflect on what has been given and sacrificed. I will never forget. Thank you, heroes!
|Strategic planning before combat. Some of grandfather's military tactics are still being taught in Indonesian army school.|
|The troops. Thank you for the service, I'm grateful (:|
|Grandpa was writing a letter to my grandma.|
|Grandpa (in the middle) and his fellow soldiers.|
|Marching on. Courageous men fought for our freedom, I could not thank them enough for the job they did. My heart goes out to the ones that lossed their lives or were injured in duty.|
|Grandpa and his fellow soldier, Let. Kol. Slamet Riyadi, planning some attacks.|
|The Batalyon Worang Monument in Manado. The only batalyon that was named after the commander (my grandfather) and officially registered in the Indonesian army.|
|He chose Tontalete, the place he called home, to be his final resting place instead of being buried at the heroes' cemetery.|
|Thank you for giving us the freedom, my heroes! Happy Independence Day Indonesia! --- Photo was taken in Bali, 2009.|
* most of the photos are from family collection and few of them are from Ipphos.