The national flag of Indonesia, which is known as Sang Saka Merah-Putih (The Sacred Red-and-White) or Bendera Merah-Putih (The Red-and-White Flag) or simply Merah-Putih (The Red and White) in Indonesian is based on the banner of the 13th century Majapahit Empire in East Java. The flag itself was introduced and hoisted in public at the Indonesian Independence Day ceremony, on 17 August 1945. The design of the flag has remained the same ever since.

The national flag of Indonesia, which is known as Sang Saka Merah-Putih (The Sacred Red-and-White) or Bendera Merah-Putih (The Red-and-White Flag) or simply Merah-Putih (The Red and White) in Indonesian is based on the banner of the 13th century Majapahit Empire in East Java. The flag itself was introduced and hoisted in public at the Indonesian Independence Day ceremony, on 17 August 1945. The design of the flag has remained the same ever since.

Proclamation of Indonesian Independence:   PROCLAMATION     WE THE PEOPLE OF INDONESIA HEREBY DECLARE THE INDEPENDENCE OF   INDONESIA. MATTERS WHICH CONCERN THE TRANSFER OF POWER AND   OTHER THINGS WILL BE EXECUTED BY CAREFUL MEANS AND IN THE   SHORTEST POSSIBLE TIME.     DJAKARTA, 17 AUGUST 1945     IN THE NAME OF THE PEOPLE OF INDONESIA     SOEKARNO—HATTA

Proclamation of Indonesian Independence: PROCLAMATION WE THE PEOPLE OF INDONESIA HEREBY DECLARE THE INDEPENDENCE OF INDONESIA. MATTERS WHICH CONCERN THE TRANSFER OF POWER AND OTHER THINGS WILL BE EXECUTED BY CAREFUL MEANS AND IN THE SHORTEST POSSIBLE TIME. DJAKARTA, 17 AUGUST 1945 IN THE NAME OF THE PEOPLE OF INDONESIA SOEKARNO—HATTA

Celebrating Indonesian Independence by climbing greased poles [9 pictures]...

Celebrating Indonesian Independence by climbing greased poles [9 pictures]

Celebrating Indonesian Independence by climbing greased poles [9 pictures]...

Indonesian Veterans at Indonesian Independence Day Salute to them. Sacrifice themselves for Indonesian Independence.

Indonesian Veterans at Indonesian Independence Day Salute to them. Sacrifice themselves for Indonesian Independence.

Indonesian Independence Day Pole Climbing - 05

Celebrating Indonesian Independence by climbing greased poles [9 pictures]

Proclamation of Indonesian Independence on 17 Aug 1945

Proclamation of Indonesian Independence on 17 Aug 1945

President Joko Widodo and First Lady Iriana at Lake Toba, Indonesian Independence Carnival. Source

President Joko Widodo and First Lady Iriana at Lake Toba, Indonesian Independence Carnival. Source

Male Indonesian bamboo pole climbing wet slippery for prizes in a ceremony commemorating the Indonesian Independence Day every August 17

Male Indonesian bamboo pole climbing wet slippery for prizes in a ceremony commemorating the Indonesian Independence Day every August 17

Dutch Queen Juliana and the Indonesian Vice-president sign the declaration of Indonesian independence in the Royal Palace in Amsterdam. The former Dutch colony of Indonesia is finally granted its independence when The Netherlands officially hand over sovereignty on December 27 1949.

Dutch Queen Juliana and the Indonesian Vice-president sign the declaration of Indonesian independence in the Royal Palace in Amsterdam. The former Dutch colony of Indonesia is finally granted its independence when The Netherlands officially hand over sovereignty on December 27 1949.

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