The President’s Nostalgia: Walking up the Tidar Hill, Playing Tenor Drums, Having Lunch with Cadets

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and First Lady Ani Yudhoyono activities during their Magelang visit on Wednesday (June 25, 2014). Images Courtesy of @WebsitePresiden

By: Sahrudin – @SahrudinSaja

WEARING army combat uniform, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and First Lady Ani Yudhoyono walked up 317 stone steps of the Tidar Hill in Magelang Municipality, the Province of Central Java, on Wednesday (June 25, 2014) morning at around 6.30 AM.

SBY, the nickname by which Mr Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is universally known, and Mrs Ani Yudhoyono were accompanied by Defense Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro, Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Djoko Suyanto, Cabinet Secretary Sudi Silalahi, State Secretary Dipo Alam, Chief of National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) Syamsul Maarif, the Indonesian Military (TNI) Commander General Moeldoko, and several high ranking military officers.

It took them about 30 minutes to get to the top of the 503 meters high hill which is covered with pine trees.

248 graduating cadets of the Indonesia Military Academy (Akmil) have already neatly lined up as they awaited the arrival of the President and the First Lady.

Standing on the grass-covered ground on top of the Tidar Hill, Mr SBY said: “Here, in this place, the cadets vow, promise and declare that they will be patriots. We will be inevitably be reminded of our vows, our promises. We beg God to protect and to guide us in every our duties.”

In Tidar Hill, the 65-year-old President and the First Lady also planted the Hura Crepitans or sandbox trees, locally known as Kalpataru trees.

Mr SBY and Mrs Ani next activities were then took place in Akmil’s campus on the south side of the hill.

The President played a tenor drums, together with other military officers and cadets members of Akmil’s “Canka Lokananta” Pipes and Drums.

He said to have nostalgia or reminiscence when he is playing that instrument, as he was a tenor drums player in the Canka Lokananta when he was an Akmil Cadet.

Mr SBY and Mrs Ani then took time to have lunch together with Akmil’s cadets.

The President and his ministers also took a look around Akmil’s facilities: library, laboratory, flats and pavilion, and sport facilities.

It is well known that Mr SBY was the best Akmil’s cadet graduate in 1973.

He retired from the Indonesian Military in September 25, 2000 as General.

He has been the country’s president since 2004, and in 2009, he won election for second term as president.

He will not contest this year’s presidential election as the regulation doesn’t allow him to run for a third term.***

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