Yogyakarta (ANTARA) - Vice President Ma'ruf Amin visited the Indonesian Air Force Academy (AAU) in Sleman District, Yogyakarta, on Friday, to plant trees and inscribe messages to Air Force Academy cadets.

The vice president visited the academy after performing the congregational Friday prayers at Baiturrahman Mosque in Gunungkidul Cultural Park.

Upon arrival at the Air Force Academy, Amin was welcomed by Air Force Academy cadets and directly escorted to the location of the Adisakti Statue within the academy complex to inscribe his message to the cadets.

"Be a brilliant cadet ready to serve the country and the nation," the vice president inscribed as a message to the Air Force Academy cadets during his visit.

Amin's message conveyed the meaning that the Air Force Academy cadets, as the future generation of the nation, are expected to become advanced human resources that will bring pride to the nation wherever they are.

After inscribing his message, the vice president planted a rose apple tree (Syzygium malaccense) and participated in a photo session with the Air Force Academy governor and officials.

The rose apple tree, locally known as jambu bol, symbolizes affection for one another and conveys the message that a leader must be an example of unity and harmony for his or her subordinates.

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Air Force Academy Governor Rear Marshal Eko D. Indarto and the academy's Deputy Governor Air Commodore Palito Sitorus accompanied Amin during his visit to the academy.

The vice president's visit to the Air Force Academy concluded his two-day working visit to Central Java and Yogyakarta.

During his working visit to the provinces, Amin, accompanied by Second Lady Wury Ma'ruf Amin and other officials, observed the readiness of the Borobudur Temple Tourism Park (TWC) destination in Magelang, Central Java, Thursday, in welcoming the Eid al-Fitr holiday.

Apart from visiting the Borobudur Temple, the vice president also visited the Karangrejo Village Economy Hall to hand over entrepreneurs' assistance benefits and, before visiting the academy on Friday, the National Research and Innovation Agency's (BRIN's) food technology and process research centre in Gunungkidul, Yogyakarta.

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