The Celebration of Independence Day in My School
Fifteen August, is a red letter day in the history of India. On this day in 1947, our country becomes free from the long imprisonment of the British rule. Since 1947, fifteenth August is celebrated every year with great joy and pride. It reminds us of the great struggle of our freedom from the British rule. The great sacrifice for our freedom fighters are remembered, which serves as a beacon light for the development of this great country. The main function is held at Red Fort in Delhi where the Prime Minister unfurls the National flag. It is an occasion of celebration for every Indian and the whole nation celebrate a holiday from all work and take a pledge to work whole heartedly for the development of this country and preservation of Independence. All those who have stood out exclusively in their respective field of work are honoured in public meetings. The whole nation pays homage to the security forces who have laid down their lives for the honour and security of the country.
We also celebrated the Independence Day in our school compound, with great pump and show. The school building and the ground were cleaned and decorated for the occasion. A flag pole was put. up at the top of the school building. The seating arrangement was made on the platform. Markings were made on the ground with white lines. The flower pots were kept all along the path.
There was great enthusiasm among students. The school band of students took its position half an hour before the actual function was to begin. The members of the band were wearing a beautiful uniform. They began to play sweet tunes. The students had taken their places well before the time. They were all in school uniform, the white paint and white shirt.
The guests began to arrive at 7.45 a.m. Our teachers received them and offered them seats. All the respectable persons of
State including the Education Minister guardians of students and teachers of other schools were invited on this occasion.
The function began exactly at 8 a.m. All who were present stood in attention. The principal unfurled the flag. The petals of rose fell on us. Five boys sang a song in honour of the national flag. It was “Vijayee Vishwa Trianga Payara”. Then five troops of students took part in the March past. It was led by the school band. The Principal look the salute. He made an impressive speech and invited the Education Minister to address us. In his address he asked us to take pledge to safeguard the freedom of nation. He also reminded us of great sons of India, Mahatma Gandhi, Pt. Nehru, Subhash Chandra Bose, Lob Lajpat Roy and Chander Shekar Azad and their sacrifices to the nation. After that different groups of students presented a programme of mass drill, lezium and pyramid formation. Everyone liked the programme.
In the end, all stood in attention. All the students, teachers and guardians sang the National Anthem in chorus. With this the function was over. Today the memories of this function are as alive to me, as it was on that day.