Loyalist Soldiers Remembered
Widow, Liku Veilewai will never forget November 2 – the day her husband was shot to death.
Mrs Veilewai’s husband, the late Private Temo Veilewai, was among the three soldiers who died at the Queen Elizabeth Barracks in Nabua during the 2000 mutiny.
Mrs Veilewai was among family members of the three late soldiers who attended the dawn service to commemorate their lives at QEB early yesterday morning.
The three soldiers were Private Veilewai, Private Simione Rawaileba and Private Osea Rokosirinavosa.
Mrs Veilewai said she has never missed the memorial service.
“I’m looking after our two children alone and this is a day I never ever forget and one that I look forward to every new year,” she said.
“It is a particular day that brings back vivid memories of my husband.”
The late Private Veilewai was shot dead right next to the 3FIR unit at QEB by rebels who tried to take over the military camp in Nabua.
Ro Liku Vosailagi could not hide her emotions at the service.
She said the service brought back childhood memories she shared with her dad, the late Private Rokosirinavosa.
“Today reminds me so much of the sacrifices my father and others went through to get Fiji to where it is today,” she said.
“I am glad we have a special service to remember them.”
Republic of Fiji Military Forces Land Force Commander, Colonel Sitiveni Qiliho, said the service became a tradition for the RFMF since 2000.
This, he said was a way in which they could reflect and remember the sacrifices their comrades made.
Colonel Qiliho said the service was also to remember the two Police officers and another soldier who died during the events of 2000.