A tiny dutch caribbean island off the coast of Venezuela in South America is a place where many like to head off to rest. With its dry sunny weather, blond beaches and gentle surf it makes for a beach vacation that many love. The constant trade winds keep things cook and cause the trees to slope. It may seem unreal to believe that this little destination was not independent for quite some time. Then one day all things changed.
March 18th 1948 during the Netherlands-Suriname-Curacao conference in the Hague Aruba would began to reach for a National day of its own. Aruban leader Shon A Eman would present a petition signed by more than 2000 Arubans in favor of independence.
Thirty years later in 1976 on March 16th the parliamentary session discussed that March 18th would be Aruba's National Day. It would be the day to celebrate Aruba's national anthem and flag and it was celebrated for the first time in 1976.
In 1986 Aruba would celebrate the achievement of reaching a dream of early leaders. This dream had been in the making for 30 years and now had led to a status Aparte. A monument was inaugurated in rememberance of the 2000+ people who in 1947 and 1948 had signed a petition in favor of Status Aparte.