American Samoa's Motto for Flag Day, 2013— "Unity"
Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga revealed to his cabinet the theme for the American Samoa Government's 2013 Flag Day celebration, and it embraces all. “Unity” —will be the motto of the 113th Flag Day and this was made known during the cabinet meeting held yesterday at the Dept. of Agriculture Conference Room.
Chief of Staff Fiu Johnny Saelua informed the Directors and Agency heads this Flag Day will be a four-day event, and will begin with a church service. The service will be held on Sunday, April 14, 2013 at the Lee Auditorium, at 3 p.m.
Leading the service is Rev. Fuifale F Ainu’u with the CCCAS, Iesu ole Malamalama. Rev. Fa’amafu Bourne of the Methodist Church in Leone will offer invocation. Rev. Ioane Evagelia of the CCCAS Utulei will deliver the bible reading with the sermon by Deacon Malaki Timu of the Fatu-o-Aiga Catholic Church.
Combined choirs, including Fagatogo CCJS, Utulei and CCCAS Leone Choir, will sing hymns.
Traditional entertainment, always a hit, and one of the joys of the festivities, will include the pese and siva to be held at the Su’igaula ole Atuvasa in Utulei on Monday and Tuesday. These two days of entertainment are the pre-Flag Day program traditionally held every year by the Arts Council and is usually held at the Fagatogo malae, however, this year the Arts Council program is set for Apr. 15 and 16 at the Utulei beach.
The Flag Day committee, which is co-chaired by Lt. Gov. Lemanu Peleti Mauga and Samoan Affairs secretary Satele Galu Satele Sr., has included the Arts Council program as part of the official 2013 Flag Day schedule.
The preliminary program states that from 2p.m. to 4p.m. bands will perform at Suigaula and from 4p.m to 6p.m. there will be performing groups (or au siva). The official program is to get underway at 6p.m. on both days. The governor is expected to offer remarks on the first day.
On Apr. 15, there is also an added event — the Flag Day Arts Show to open at 4p.m. at the Jean P. Hayden Museum and the governor will attend to open the show. There will also be a traditional umu making event, on the Museum grounds, before everyone heads to Utulei for the beginning of the siva & pese.
An Arts Council official said on KVZK-TV last Friday that the governor wanted a little change to this year’s program giving bands and other dance groups time to perform in the afternoon prior to the official opening.
On Wednesday, April 17, the highlight of the morning will be the Fautasi Race with seven fautasi in competition this year.
Samoa News spoke to Deputy Secretary of Samoa Affairs, Tuiagamoa Tavai who said the seven fautasi gearing up for competition are Matasaua of Manu’a, Satani from Nuuuli, Fetu o le Afiafi of Fagaa’alu, Samoana Sharks of Samoana High School, Fealofani III from Fagasa, Fuao of Vatia, and last year’s winner, the Aeto from Pago Pago.
He noted that Iseulaolemoana, Fagatogo’s fautasi, will not be competing this year because they did not register on time.
Cash prizes will be awarded — for this year’s first place winner is $15,000, with second place $13,000, third place receives $10,000, fourth $8,000, and fifth place is $5,000 and $1,000 each for sixth and seventh places. Fiu said fautasi should be at sea by 6:30 a.m., and once the boats are lined up, the race will start.
Following the fautasi race will be the events taking place at Veterans Memorial Stadium. Performing the Amerika Samoa National Anthem is the Fatu-o-Aiga band, followed by welcome remarks from Deputy Secretary Tuiagamoa Tavai of the Office of Samoan Affairs.
Teacher of the Year, Iose Afu will read the Proclamation, and the invocation and spiritual message will then be delivered by Father Viane Etuale VICAR General, Catholic Diocese.
The event, which is the heart and soul of the Flag Day celebration, the raising of the US Flag, will be done by CW3 Rosie Lancaster Retired, U.S. Army and 1SG Satele Lili’o Retired, U.S. Marine with the US National Anthem played by eight-year-old violinist, James Pomele.
Raising the American Samoa flag will be Amy Letuli, Retired U.S. Air Force, SMCPO Selu Fuiava Retired, U.S. Navy, and the American Samoa National Anthem will be sung by Leone High School Taumafai Choir.
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga will then deliver his first Flag Day address, as chief executive, followed by the enlistment ceremony for new members of the U.S. Military — continuing a tradition introduced by the previous administration.
A parade will follow.
According to Utuali’i Iuniasolua Savusa, who heads the Parade Committee, the parade will include the Department of Public Safety, the Fatu-o-Aiga band, U.S. Army Reserve, High Schools and JROTC, Faga'itua, Tafuna color guard, and the elementary schools Manulele, Lupelele and Tafuna.
Tongan and Fijian community groups will follow in parade, as will employees of StarKist Samoa, as well as the SOFIAS. Floats will also be a part of the parade.
There will be cultural performances and siva by the Swains Islanders, along with the villages of Malaeloa (Western District) and Fagasa (Eastern District), and a combined group representing Manu'a.
The closing remarks of the day will be given by Lt. Gov. Lemanu Peleti Mauga followed by the closing of the celebration with traditional Samoan speeches and the prize giving.