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Cawaki acknowledges ex-servicemen’s commitment, service

Cawaki acknowledges ex-servicemen’s  commitment, service
Western Division ex-servicemen marching at Lautoka on November 11, 2017.
November 12
11:00 2017


Ex-servicemen in the Western Division were yesterday acknowledged for their commitment and service to Fiji when they were soldiers and even now as leaders in their communities and families.

The comment was made by Assistant Minister for Agriculture, Natural Disaster Management, Commander (Navy) Joeli Cawaki at the commemoration parade in Lautoka where more than 60 ex-servicemen attended the event.

“This important historical event officially brought to an end the first World War as we all come to know by now, this event took place at the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of the year 1918.” Commander (Navy) Cawaki said.

Commander (Navy) Cawaki said the event also acknowledged the wives and the families of those who were left behind.

“The first of the two consecutive minutes of silence we observed at 11am, our local time, was dedicated to honour the roughly 20 million people who died in the war, and the second minute is dedicated to honouring those who were left behind, generally understood to be wives, children, and families left behind but deeply affected by the conflict.” he said.

“So as we pay homage to our departed comrades today, we also pay tribute to the widows who are growing in number, who have become the lifeblood and agents of change in many of the branches of our ex-servicemen associations not only here in the Western Division but all over Fiji,” he said.

Commander (Navy) Cawaki also acknowledged comrades from the Corrections Service and Police Force.

“Today in Fiji, Remembrance Day has become a memorial day to remember the members of our armed forces who died in the line of duty, including members of our Police Force and Corrections Service.” he said.

Wreaths were laid in remembrance of the fallen as everyone gathered to sing the national anthem.

Edited by Karalaini Waqanidrola



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