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PM: Sacrifices Of Fallen Patriots Not Forgotten

PM: Sacrifices Of Fallen Patriots Not Forgotten
Elesi Tabusiga and family members with the keys to her new home at Wainibuku Subdivision, Nakasi on July 15, 2017. Photo: Ronald Kumar
July 16
12:19 2017

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama yesterday paid tribute to patriots who gave their lives in the service of our nation in 2000.

He made the remarks before handing over the keys to the families of those in the disciplined forces who were killed in that year.

At Wainibuku, Nakasi yesterday Mr Bainimarama said that while time had marched on, their memories would never fade, their sacrifice would never be forgotten and the debt of gratitude owed to them could never be fully repaid.

“They live in our hearts and minds, and the wounds of their passing are still fresh for those who loved and cared for our heroes while they were still among us,” the Prime Minister said.

“On behalf of Fiji and every Fijian, I salute each of them for their patriotism, courage and selflessness.”

Mr Bainimarama also said that everything that Fiji had grown to become today was owed to their sacrifices.

“In life, they served a cause larger than themselves, and gave their lives in the service of a nation. Their actions were the embodiment of unselfish devotion to duty.

“Today, we are a nation of one people, united in our common goal. Patriots, just like them, have built the Fiji we know today and their legacy lives on.”

The members of the disciplined forces the Prime Minister referred to were the late:

Private Osea Rokosirinavosa, Private Drauniceguva Weleilakeba, Police Corporal Raj Kumar and Police Constable Filipo Seavula.

Last year, families of the late Private Temo Raikoro Veilewai and  Lance Corporal Simione Rawaileba were also handed keys to their new homes.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa


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