The commemoration of the National Veteran Day 2015

Jakarta. At the celebration of the National Veteran Day held at Jakarta Convention Center today, Vice President Jusuf Kalla reminded young generation of the veterans’ struggle during wartime. “Those veterans risked their lives for freedom,” he said.

In the current era of freedom, Mr Kalla added, the young could still contribute to the country with their mind, wisdom, technology and hard working to attain the state’s vision.

Veterans, he said, however, are still needed of their critics and suggestions based on their experience for the sake of the country.

“Keeping the world peace is one of duties the constitution mandated to us. And the veterans are wished to give their input on this,” Mr Kalla said.

Approaching the 70th Indonesian Independence Day, Vice President said, we must all have a high regard for services done by our heroes and veterans. “A big nation is the one that recognises their heroes,” he said.

Within 70 years of its independence, Mr Kalla noted, Indonesia had encountered 15 large conflicts most of which were caused by injustice in economy, politics and socio-cultural treatment. For that reason, he asked all parties to remain just and fair. “As injustice will lead to a conflict,” he firmed.

The Indonesian Veterans Legion (LVRI) chairman (ret.) Lt. Gen. Rais Abin, Defence Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu, Social Affairs Minister Khofifah Indar Parawansa, National Police Chief Badrodin Haiti, the 6th Indonesian Vice President Try Sutrisno and People’s Conscience (Hanura) Party Chairman Wiranto also attended the event.