Hon­our, Glory, Legacy, In­spi­ra­tion

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It’s al­most in­cred­u­lous how one year can serve up three mon­u­men­tal oc­ca­sions of such lo­cal, na­tional and global sig­nif­i­cance. One word might best sum up the 2018 land­marks, for the UK, the Repub­lic of In­done­sia and the Bri­tish Cham­ber com­mu­nity – PRIDE. In­done­sia hon­oured its war he­roes on He­roes Day (Hari Pahlawan) on Novem­ber 10. Just 24 hours later, marked the 100th an­niver­sary of Re­mem­brance of the war he­roes who lost their lives in the First World War and lat­terly com­mem­o­ra­tion of those who died for their coun­tries in the Sec­ond World War. Just months ear­lier, In­done­sia hosted the Asian Games for the first time in fifty years and the na­tion basked in the glory of a record-haul of 98 medals across the sports. The world fa­mous Bri­tish RAF Red Ar­rows per­formed many fly-passes dur­ing 2018. They have be­come the iconic sym­bol of the 100 year de­vel­op­ment of the Royal Air Force since es­tab­lish­ment in 1918. And this year marked the be­gin­ning of the sec­ond decade of BritCham’s ‘Giv­ing Kids a Sport­ing Chance’, rolling out a new hockey de­vel­op­ment pro­gramme in East Java. This is a plat­form of in­spi­ra­tion for younger and dis­ad­van­tage chil­dren among whom may be a fu­ture na­tional sport­ing hero.

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