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Fijians The World Over Bind To Mark Our Fiji Day

Fijians The World Over Bind To Mark Our Fiji Day
Chess enthusiasts competed for the Fiji Day Fiji Chess Championship on Tuesday, October 10, 2017.
October 12
10:15 2017

A renewed sense of patriotism was evident on Tuesday when Fijians the worldover celebrated our independence day, Fiji Day.

Fijians abroad marked the day with the noble banner blue flying high.  Fijians at home came out decked in their many shades of blue.

Many stood on the side of roads waving their flags. Front porches of many homes were seen draped with the Fijian flags. In villages and settlements, the mood was the same.

Social media was flooded with messages of hope.

In Nadi, it was a sea of blue as Fijians took to the streets to celebrate.  For some, it was their first time to witness the trooping of the colours by the Republic of Fiji Military Forces Third Battalion Fiji Infantry Regiment also known as the 3FIR Colours.

For retired school teachers Alanieta Utovou and her husband Eroni Utovou, the celebrations brought back memories of what took place at Albert Park in 1970. It was the last time they saw the Union Jack hoisted. It was also the first time they saw Fiji’s current flag – a sign of hope, freedom and of course independence.

In our 47 years of freedom, many things have fuelled people’s sense of patriotism. Love for country, love for its people and even our progress in national development to name a few. Our resilience in the face of disaster is our new form of patriotism.

Patriotism is not so much about which political party one is aligned to but of love for the republic that we all share.

Often unseen and unheard, Fijian patriotism often shines through when our ruggers take on the field. Or when a Fijian son or daughter does Fiji proud on the world stage.

Though young, as a nation we have encountered triumphs and trials. We have leapfrogged on several fronts, like our leadership role in the upcoming Conference of Parties (COP23) next month.

As we move forward, let’s embrace the flag that brought us pride and patriotism when it was first hoisted on October 10, 1970 at Albert Park.

Like the chorus of our national anthem, let’s walk with pride and hold our heads high:

“For Fiji, ever Fiji, let our voices ring with pride,

“For Fiji, ever Fiji, her name hail far and wide.”


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