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War Veterans Remember Their Fallen Comrades

War Veterans Remember Their Fallen Comrades
Former Australian army private Robin William East with his family during the ANZAC Day service at Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort at the Coral Coast yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA
April 26
10:02 2016


Retired Private Robin William East, 70, of the Australian Army was present with his family during the ANZAC dawn service at the Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort in Korotoga, Nadroga, yesterday.

Also present was his grandson Shoaib Shah, 11, who is contemplating joining the force in the coming years.

Mr East said, “I usually march with my grandson since he was a seven-year-old; I was in the country to assist them during the disaster, yet I did not miss this day.

“My mate did not come back from the war and a lot of them did not return either. This is something I always keep in my heart; that we lost some good friends and now is the time to remember them.”

Corporal Harry Teear, 81, a former British Royal Marine, who has lived in Melbourne, Australia was also present.

“I am originally from England, lived in Australia and we are here for the wedding of my granddaughter, I do march in Melbourne with the ANZACs,” he said.

Resort general manager Peter Hopgood said the meeting was not to celebrate or glorify war, but rather to remember those that had served during the conflict and crisis.

“Today we remember those who paid the supreme sacrifice so that we and other people of other nations can live in peace,” he said.

“We remember those who continue to suffer through their physical or mental scars, including those next of kin whose grief and sense of loss can never be eased.”

It’s on this day, April 25, that Australian and New Zealand forces landed at Gallipoli in 1915.

ANZAC Day is to honour Australian and New Zealand men and women who served and died in wars, peacekeeping and other operations.

It has been now 101 years since the landing and 100 year since the first ANZAC Day was observed; since then Australia and New Zealand had forged a tradition of service and commemoration that has continued to this day.

Edited by Manasa Kalouniviti



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