Relish the Independence from God
The independence of a country is a gift of God to mankind in the nation, and only by His grace, Indonesia is allowed to gain freedom as a independent country. The struggle of the patriot in seizing the independence is a proof of the inclusion of God in the history of the Indonesian nation. With the help of God, the struggle of the patriot can get the freedom. As believers, we should be thankful for the grace of God's freedom and fill it by expressing our love through the celebration of freedom.
SDH Manado held a celebration of independence with the theme "Relish the Independence from God", drawn from Galatians 5:13 "For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another ". In addition to the form of gratitude, the celebration of Independence is also a form of honor to the patriot who have fought for the independence of Indonesia. The theme of the celebration of the 72nd anniversary of RI is also in harmony with the school profile no. 4 which reads "to teach the whole story of God encompasses the whole Bible showing the plan of redemption. Promote with joy the knowledge and understanding and acceptance of the concept of God as the Father, the chief Christ above all and the Holy Spirit who gives comfort, also guides, and the school profile no. 21 which reads "to grow a healthy sense of pride in the importance of the diverse history and cultural identity of the Indonesian nation".
Celebration of Independence Days filled with several races, among them the traditional race, national singing contest, and drawing contest. This traditional race is done with the hope that students are able to foster a sense of love for Indonesian culture and realize that the struggle to achieve independence required cooperation. Singing a national song was held to foster a sense of student nationalism. Meanwhile, the junior high school and high school students' drawing contest and the coloring contest of the elementary school students took the theme "History and Timeline Ahead of the Proclamation of 17 August 1945", aimed at students not only knowing and knowing the history of the nation's independence but also realizing that God is sovereign in history.
Throughout the celebration of the 72nd anniversary of the Republic of Indonesia, it was clearly seen that the students of SDH Manado were grateful for the independence they had received. The students' joy is displayed as long as they participate in every race as the patriot of the nation that have gained the independence of the Indonesian. Team work, strategy formulation, spirit of fighting spirit, sacrifice, and patience are felt in every race in celebration of 72nd anniversary of RI. However, not only there, every moment in the celebration of the 72nd anniversary of RI in SDH Manado, God allowed to run well. Without His participation it is impossible to SDH Manado to celebrate the 72nd anniversary of RI