President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono bestowed the title of national hero and other honors on several deceased freedom fighters, artists and cultural activists who made significant contributions to the nation, at an award ceremony at the State Palace on Thursday.

National Hero Title recipients:

1. The late Moluccan freedom fighter Johannes Leimena.

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2. The late Papuan freedom fighter Johannes Abraham Dimara.

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Mahaputera Adipradana Star Award recipients:

1. The late writer Kanjeng Gusti Pangeran AA Mangkoenagoro

2. The late freedom fighter Sayyid Idrus bin Salim Al Jufrie from Southeast

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3. The late writer Raden Ngabehi Ronggowarsito.

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4. The late humanitarian Prof. Sutan Takdir Alisjahbana.

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5. The late painter Raden Saleh Syarif Bustaman.

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Mahaputera Utama Star award recipients:

1. The late freedom fighter Andi Makkasau Parenrengi Lawawo from South Sulawesi.

2. The late freedom fighter Andi Depu from West Sulawesi.

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Mahaputera Nararya Star award recipients:

1. The late independence fighter Alex Impurung Mendur.

2. The late independence fighter Sumarto Frans Mendur.

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Jasa Pratama Star award recipients:

1. The late Marwoto Hadi Soesastro, former executive director at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).

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Jasa Nararya Star award recipients:

1. The late artist Abdul Kadir, also known as To’et.

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Parama Dharma Star for Culture award recipients:

1. The late artist and educator Prof. Sjafei Soemardja.

2. The late musician Ki Nartosabdo.

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3. The late painter Affandi Koesoema.

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4. The late novelist Romo Yosef Bilyarta Mangunwijaya.

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5. The late film director Sjumandjaja.

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6. The late culturalist W.S. Rendra.

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7. The late “topeng”, or mask, dancer Mimi Rasinah.

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8. The late angklung musician Udjo Ngalagena, also known as Mang Udjo.

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What these heroes did are hard to describe. they do deserve awards for the contributions they had made for Indonesia, but awards aren't enough. we should appreciate their works by doing the best for Indonesia.

Happy Belated Hero Day, everyone!

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News Source : The Jakarta Post

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