Malta today commemorates the 56th anniversary since obtaining its Independence. The anniversary commemorates the birth of Malta as an independent and sovereign state after centuries of foreign rule. On this occasion, Festivals Malta together with the National Festivities Committee, are organising a number of activities.
In the morning, in St. John’s Square Valletta, the Malta Armed Forces band and the Guard of Honour greeted PM Robert Abela and President George Vella, who, after the national salute, inspected the Guard of Honour.
Aat 9.30 a.m. a Pontifical Mass was celebrated with the singing of the Te Deum at St. John’s Co-Cathedral which was attended by the country’s highest authorities and which was transmitted live on TVM2. Archbishop Charles J. Scicluna reflected on seven principles in the Church’s social teaching.
After Mass, President George Vella, Prime Minister Robert Abela and the Leader of the Opposition Adrian Delia paid tribute to an Independent Malta by placing bouquets of flowers on the monument in Floriana to mark the event of 21 September 1964: the birth of Malta as a sovereign state with self-rule
Tonight at 7pm, TVM will be transmitting a concert which was specifically recorded from the President’s Verdala Palace.