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Defending the Country and Strengthening Social Solidarity for Advanced Indonesia

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Locals work together to carry out community service in Tolitoli Regency, Central Sulawesi. (Photo:


In December, two national days have special meaning for Indonesia. Bela Negara or Country Defense Day, is celebrated every December 19, and National Social Solidarity Day, is celebrated every December 20.

This year's Bela Negara Day is themed, "Staging Country-Defending Attitude for an Advanced Indonesia". Meanwhile, National Social Solidarity Day has the theme "Rising Together to Build the Nation". These two national commemorations have the spirit of building the nation, for Indonesia's progress.


In his address, Indonesian President Joko Widodo said that this year's Bela Negara or Country Defense Day is a momentum for Indonesian people to unite and contribute positively to the developed Indonesia they aspire to. The President also reminded the people that the challenges currently faced include not only visible but also invisible threats. Pandemics, global conflicts, technology revolutions, and the climate change crisis have had impacts and risks to the country's resilience.


President Joko Widodo also emphasized that every Indonesian must have the spirit of defending the country. It is indeed not only the responsibility of the security forces, but of all elements of society. What President Joko Widodo said is to remind people to play a bigger role in creating prosperity for all in the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia.


The COVID-19 pandemic and post-pandemic era have proven that Indonesians have a strong state-defending spirit and great social solidarity. All Indonesians, in their way, defend the country by working cooperatively, rising together to restore the nation's economy.


The good outcomes that the Indonesian nation has achieved must certainly continue to be improved. Moreover, currently, Indonesia is preparing for the general election. Taking part in maintaining peaceful elections is a manifestation of the spirit of defending the country. Meanwhile, the spirit of social solidarity is a basis to strengthen tolerance in responding to differences in choices. These spirits are the social capital of the Indonesian people to strengthen tolerance, togetherness, and equality for the people's welfare and advanced Indonesia.

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