JAKARTA, Aug. 17 (Xinhua) -- Indonesian president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono presided over a grand ceremony to celebrate the country's 65th Independence Day Tuesday at the presidential palace attended by dignitaries and patron figures from across the country.
The ceremony was commenced with 17 times of loud canon firing at 10.00 a.m. to recall the independence statement read out by Indonesia's patron figure, Soekarno, at exactly the same time on Aug. 17, 65 years ago. The independence statement was read out by head of Regional Representatives Council (DPD) at the parliament Irman Gusman soon after the canon firing.
The focus of the ceremony was the flag hoisting session. In orchestrated movements, they hoisted the flag up to the end of the pole at the same time with the conclusion of national anthem sung by a choir group nearby.
The group is joined by selected high school students from across the country. They undertook drills in camps before taking part in the honorable task in the ceremony.
Each of their movements was watched by thousands of viewers consisting of senior officials, families of national heroes, patron figures, foreign diplomatic staff and senior officers from the police and military.
Wiyano was among the guests invited to attend the ceremony, he and his wife were allocated to sit in seats for patron figures.
He said that Indonesia now has come to a better condition with massive progress in the economic and democracy sectors.
"We realize that the economy has been much better if compared to the previous periods and so is the democracy condition," Wiyano said.
Another invitee from Papua, Irena Manibui expected that the 65th anniversary of national independence would glue the country closer.
Outside the palace premises, many troops brandished with machine guns were seen in every corner of the streets leading to the palace.
The police headquarters in coordination with the military deployed more people on alert following the revelation of the planned attack conducted by a terror group and aimed at slaying the country's senior officials during the ceremony.