In 2000 I visited Apia in Samoa to do some training work. I had with me my brand new video camera.
Just before 8 one morning I headed down to the Government building on the waterfront and balanced my camera on a nearby car. I was ready to record the Police Band’s daily flag raising ritual.
The Band start at the Police Head Quarters a couple of blocks away and march down the street. The cars just have to wait for them.
After a few minutes they arrive and form up ready to play the National Anthem. The flag’s raised, the Band plays. Then they march back to base.
The whole thing takes around 15 minutes, or less.
My video here is a little over 5 minutes. Since it’s 9 years old, and I had it stored on tape, it has a few artefacts that are probably due to general deterioration.
Today I sold my video camera, so made sure to import my finished videos from the tape I’d stored them on. The friend I sold the camera to asked me to put this one online. A few more may follow — not of the Police Band.