HomeBlogs The Monument RI.001 Seulawah
The Monument was erected to commemorate the heroic donation of the
Acehnese to the central Government of the Republic of Indonesia became
independent in 1945, the Dutch intended to reoccupy the country. In the
ensuring struggle in 1949, the Republic of Indonesia was badly in need
of an airplane to open the blockade of the enemy as much area had been
already fallen into their hands. Mr. Soekarno, the president of the
Indonesia at that time.
Urgently requested that Aceh people to
donate the money for an airplane. A Douglas DC-3 was bought shortly
afterwards, and paid for with Acehnese Gold. This very early plane was
the precursor of Garuda Indonesia fleet, which nowadays is the biggest
airline in Indonesia.