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Tomorrow, August 17th is an important day for the people of Indonesia. Why?  It is a time full of joy and happiness because it is the day when Indonesia gained its independence from colonialism from Netherlands and Japan. Indonesian independence day is held every 17th of August and his year will be 78 years of celebration. I am really excited to see how it will go in Poland. Every year it is celebrated in Warsaw, Poland, in the Indonesian embassy. In there, we usually have the Red-White Flag Raising Ceremony, Art Performances, Competitions, and Bazaars. Tomorrow I am planning to join the event and I will wear a national costume called kebaya. 

Fellow toastmasters and guests, let me take you back to a time filled with courage, determination, and the yearning for freedom. It was a time when Indonesia, a land with a rich history, was under the rule of both the Dutch and the Japanese.

Imagine this: it was a bright morning on 17th August 1945. The sun was shining over the streets of Central Jakarta, a place with a lot of dreams. Two important people, Soekarno and Mohammad Hatta, were there. They were ready to make a big change in history. They read something important called the Proclamation of Indonesian Independence from a place in Pegangsaan Timur Street no 56.

But this didn't just happen suddenly; it was like the end of a long story with many important moments. One of these big moments was when Japan lost a big fight. It happened in 1945, on August 6th. There was a very powerful bomb that the United States dropped on a city called Hiroshima in Japan. It made the city very, very damaged. Then, three days later, another city called Nagasaki was hurt by a bomb too. These bombs made many people lose their lives. After that, Japan had to stop fighting, and the big war called World War II ended.

Even though Japan tried to keep this a secret, the truth came out. Young groups of people in Indonesia heard about it. They felt it was time to be their own bosses. They talked to Soekarno and Hatta and asked them to make Indonesia free. But Soekarno was careful and wanted to wait for an agreement from a group called the Preparatory Committee for Indonesian Independence (PPKI).

But you know what? The spirit of the young people in Indonesia was very strong. A brave group of them decided they wouldn't be quiet anymore. On August 16, 1945, very early in the morning, in a place called Rengasdengklok, Karawang, they did something bold. They took Soekarno and Hatta to a safe place.

As the days passed, Soekarno and Hatta knew they had to make a choice. Even though it was hard, they felt the same way as the people. So, on 17th August 1945, they said something important. They told everyone that Indonesia was now free and independent.

But the story doesn't stop there. Soekarno and Hatta went to a house where they worked on a special paper. This paper was important because it had words that told everyone about the freedom of Indonesia. They talked a lot and wrote down everything with the help of someone named Achmad Soebardjo.

Finally, after a lot of talking, the special paper was ready. It was a really big day, 17th August 1945. The words on the paper were read out loud, and all the people of Indonesia heard. And on that same day, a flag with red and white colors went up high. Soekarno's wife, Fatmawati, made that flag with love.

This was a very exciting moment because Indonesia was finally free. Soekarno became the President, and Mohammad Hatta became the Vice President. It was a time full of happiness and new beginnings.

As we look back at this amazing story, let's remember that the journey to freedom is about being brave, never giving up, and making dreams come true. Thank you.

Short version:  

Tomorrow, August 17th is an important day for the people of Indonesia. Why? It's a day filled with happiness as we remember when Indonesia became free from the Dutch and Japanese. Every year on this date, we celebrate Indonesian Independence Day. This year marks the 78th time we come together. In Poland, at the Indonesian embassy in Warsaw, we'll have a wonderful celebration with the Red-White Flag Raising Ceremony, Art Performances, Competitions, and Bazaars. I'm excited to join and wear the traditional kebaya outfit.

Now, let's go back to a time when bravery and the dream of freedom filled Indonesia's hearts. Before, Indonesia was under the rule of the Dutch and Japanese.

Imagine a sunny morning on August 17th, 1945. The sunlight painted dreams on the streets of Central Jakarta. Two heroes, Soekarno, and Mohammad Hatta, took the stage. They read the Proclamation of Indonesian Independence from Pegangsaan Timur Street no 56.

This moment didn't just happen suddenly. It was a result of important moments. One was Japan's defeat in 1945. On August 6th, a powerful US bomb hit Hiroshima, changing lives forever. A few days later, Nagasaki faced a similar disaster. Lives were lost, and World War II ended.

The truth reached young people in Indonesia. They asked Soekarno and Hatta to guide them to freedom. Soekarno asked the Preparatory Committee for Indonesian Independence (PPKI) for permission.

But Indonesia's youth spirit was strong. On August 16, 1945, they took Soekarno and Hatta away to a safe place in Rengasdengklok, Karawang.

As time passed, Soekarno and Hatta stood together. On August 17, 1945, they announced Indonesia's freedom.

Their story continued in a house where they wrote important words. With help from Achmad Soebardjo, they created a significant document.

Finally, on that big day, August 17th, 1945, their words echoed across Indonesia. A red and white flag, made by Soekarno's wife, Fatmawati, waved high.

Indonesia celebrated as Soekarno became President and Mohammad Hatta, Vice President. A happy time of new beginnings started.

Thinking about this story, let's remember that becoming free takes courage, persistence, and turning dreams into reality. Thank you.

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