goodmorningpapua.com – Pangdam XVIII / Cassowary Major General TNI I Nyoman Cantiasa handed over the red and white flag to a chief of tribe in the Arfak Mountains Regency (Pegaf) West Papua. The flag will later be raised at the Rumah Seribu Kaki [a Thousand Feet House], Hink Pegaf District, West Papua.
The handover was carried out in a series of red and white touring to Pegaf which was held in welcoming the 76th Independence Day of the Republic of Indonesia. Cantiasa advised the chief of tribe to remain raising the red and white flag in Pegaf because it is part of the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia.
“Mr. chief of tribe, I hand over this red and white flag to continue to be raised on Pegaf land,” said Cantisa, Sunday (15/8/2021).
In addition, Cantiasa hopes that the Pegaf region can increasingly be prosperous and peaceful. In his view, this will have an impact on achieving the goals of future generations.
“Arfak Mountains must continue to be prosperous and peaceful, so that our children and grandchildren in the future can achieve their ideas and future well,” he said.
Apri Indou as the Anggi District Tribal Chief, thanked the Regional Commander, for jointly implementing the red and white flag-raising ceremony. Indou immediately said that the tribe he led was loyal to the Republic of Indonesia. “We hereby declare that we will always remain to be the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia,” said Apri.
After receiving the flags, the three tribal chiefs immediately raised the flags through a ceremony led by the Pangdam and followed by local residents and the Kodam XVIII/Kasuari entourage. After the red and white flag-raising ceremony, the Military Commander had the opportunity to enter the traditional house and receive an explanation about the traditional house which is the culture of the Pegaf community.
In addition, the Pangdam was also introduced and trying the community arrows used for hunting. The target was successfully shot by the Commander in Chief.
The event closed with the distribution of food parcels to local communities in need, so that they could help with their daily needs.