THE 2016 VANUATU VICTORY PARADE that took place on the July 28th briefly decorated Port Vila City in red, green, and yellow colors.

The Victory Parade marked the official opening of the 36th Independence Anniversary Celebrations in Vanuatu.

Below are 30 Victory Parade Photo’s that we would like to share. Happy Independence Celebrations!

  1. Lift your flag high whatever its size.

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2. The Vanuatu Flag, in differences sizes, decorated the Victory Parade.

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3. The Victory March has happened every year since the 80’s.

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4. The Prime Minister looking on at the Guard of Honor at the Independence Park.

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5. At Ease; Members of the Vanuatu Police Force.

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6. Officers from the Vanuatu National Youth Council.

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7. Soldiers from the Vanuatu Mobile Force (VMF) who led the Victory Parade.

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8. Members of the public with their bright Vanuatu colors at the Independence Park.

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9. Mayor of Port Vila (in green) and the Minister of Foreign Affairs (in red).

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10. The letter ‘Y’ on the Vanuatu flag represents the geographical position of the islands of Vanuatu from the north to the south.

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11. The Minister of Health (far right in red) and the President of the Malvatumauri Council of Chiefs (center in black) among fellow marchers.

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12. The RED color on the Vanuatu flag represents the blood of the people.

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13.The GREEN color on the Vanuatu flag represents the natural vegetation of the islands and its richness.

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14. The PIGS TUSK represents values of the islands traditions, custom and culture.

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15. A citizen with his flag.

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16. This child  participated in the Victory Parade with his father. It is important to keep reminding those of us that were born in the last 36 years of the struggles and the values that forged the nation’s independence from, not just one, but two colonial powers.

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17. The VMF Band leading the Victory Parade through the CBD of Port Vila.

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18. The YELLOW color on the Vanuatu flag represents the color of the Gospel through the islands of Vanuatu.

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19. Police Officer waving the Vanuatu flag.

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20. The Vanuatu Mobile Force Soldiers holding-up arms during the parade through the CBD of Port Vila.

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21. Marchers moving up to Independence Park to witness the official speeches.

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22. The Independence Park is where the Vanuatu flag was raised for the first time on the 30th of July 1980.

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23. VMF at the Victory Parade.

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24. The Minister of Justice (Centre in blue) in front of the parade through town.

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25. Hundreds of people took part in the Victory Parade, in this photo the paraders are at the base of the hill going up towards Independence Park.

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26. A closer shot of the masses of Victory paraders.

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27. The ‘Namele’ leaves (located inside the pigs tusk) on the Vanuatu flag represents peace and unity for the islands of Vanuatu.

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28. The Prime Minister inspecting the Guard of Honor.

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29. The BLACK color on the Vanuatu flag represents the Melanesian people who inhabit the islands of Vanuatu.

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30. VMF and the Vanuatu Police Force (VPF) leading the parade while backed by a sea of national colors.

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