15 Jul 2011

Manu'a in American Samoa readies for Cession Day ceremony

12:59 pm on 15 July 2011

A church service and flag raising ceremony will mark this year's Manu'a Islands Cession Day in American Samoa.

On Saturday, American Samoa time, the Manu'a Islands will mark the 107th anniversary since they were ceded to the United States and became part of the US territory.

The island group was a kingdom until 1904 when King Tuimanua agreed to cede it to the US.

A delegation from the main island of Tutuila, led by the Lieutenant Governor, Faoa Aitofele Sunia will fly to Ta'u island in the Manu'a group for the celebrations.

Samoan performances will be provided by church youth groups as part of the ceremony.