JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - Indonesia Minister of Social Affairs Juliari P Batubara says that the biggest challenge in the commemoration of Heroes Day is the erosion of the understanding among the current generation of the history of the nation's struggle. This is worrying because it has the potential to shape the young generation's indifferent attitude towards history and heroic values.
Especially at this time, advances in communication technology make the young generation easily exposed to information, not only positive, but also negative content. Negative content has the potential to contain values that are contrary to the noble values of the nation.
In addition, coupled with a long time span between the past and the present, all of these conditions makes the perspective of the current generation to shift towards heroic values.
"So a complete and comprehensive reference is needed about our history in the past. Maybe it is necessary to compile a book that contains a complete history of the nation. With a complete reference, it can be used as a guide for various generations," said Social Affairs Minister Juliari at the Heroic Webinar held by the Ministry of Social Affairs in Jakarta, on Monday (11/09/2020).
Another challenge is the geographical condition of Indonesia which is a continental country. This makes the understanding of one group of people on one island incomplete about the history of heroism in another region.
The view of the Minister of Social Affairs was approved by a young historian named Asep Kambali, who was also a guest speaker at the webinar. Reference is important to provide complete information about their struggle. According to him, more and more young people are increasingly becoming ignorant of the history and services of its heroes.
"The more we know our parents, the more affectionate we will be. The more we know more about the history of our nation, which was founded with blood and tears, the more we know and love this nation, " Asep said.
In Europe and America, the people there are very concerned about its history. This is evident from various past buildings that are still well maintained. "This proves that history has become their daily life," he continued.
So there is a need for a strong legal umbrella to ensure that this historical legacy will continue to exist.
"There must be continuous socialization of the history of this nation. If they don't know, they won't love it," he said.
This Hero Webinar is part of a series of pre-Heroes Day 2020 commemoration activities. The webinar will be broadcast via Zoom and Youtube to be watched by the public as well as interacting with resource persons and providing attractive prizes for webinar questioners every hour.
The webinar presents inspirational speakers from various backgrounds, both artists/public figures and other people. The webinar activity is a form of response from the committee who designed the event using more online platforms, with the tagline "Semarak Hari Pahlawan (Glorious Heroes Day)".
The pre-event will be filled with various competitions. Namely, the Hero Photo Contest, the Hero Photo Creative Competition, and the Hero-Like Dress Competition. During the event, there will be a live broadcast of the Heroes Day Memorial.
The 2020 Harwan memorial takes the theme "My Heroes of All Time". Indonesia President Joko Widodo will act as the inspector of the ceremony at the Heroes Day Memorial event at the Kalibata National Heroes Cemetery (TMPNU) in Jakarta, on November 10.
Also attending the occasion will be Vice President KH Ma'ruf Amin and accompanied by Social Minister Juliari P. Batubara, and related officials. During the event, 60 seconds of silence will be carried out by sounding the siren.
In a different place, a flower wreath laying event will be held in the sea, led by the Chairperson of the Indonesian Parliament Puan Maharani.