4 Jun 2002

Samoa celebrates 40th anniversary of independence

11:25 am on 4 June 2002

Celebrations are underway in Samoa for the country's 40th anniversary of independence from New Zealand.

The head of state, Malietoa Tanumafili the Second, has given an address, saying the country has reached another milestone.

He said today is a day of remembrance for the forebearers who ensured that the aspirations of independence were fulfilled.

There has also been a flag raising ceremony and a 21-gun salute.