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A Day To Honour Service, Sacrifice

A Day To Honour Service, Sacrifice
From left: Katalaini Delana and Jiowana Dau Miles at the Royal Suva Yacht Club on April 25, 2018. Photo: Simione Haravanua
April 26
10:00 2018

 

A gathering in Suva has been told that Anzac Day was, is, and will always be about honouring service and sacrifice.

The comment has come from the New Zealand High Commissioner to Fiji, Jonathan Curr, who says this is why everyone makes this pilgrimage every year on the 25th of April.

“And it grants us the opportunity to remember and to pass on the values of our forebears to younger generations,” he said.

“For these values are in need of constant renewal. We must learn the bitter lessons of human history and commit ourselves to creating a world in which our endeavour is centred on doing justice and loving mercy, and walking humbly in the shadow of our ancestors – who we remember and honour today.”

Mr Curr was speaking during the dawn service at the Suva Military Cemetery early yesterday to mark the 103rd Anzac Day.

Anzac marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War.

Mr Curr said year after year on Anzac Day stories were revealed about the courage of Australian and New Zealand men and women who risked everything in the service of their countries.

“The lesson we need to draw from these experiences is that peace can be maintained only if we have faith in, and defend, the international system that was built after the Second World War to outlaw the use of armed aggression in international disputes,” Mr Curr said.

The dawn service was also attended by President Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote, the Republic of Fiji Military Forces Commander Rear-Admiral Viliame Naupoto, Australian High Commissioner John Feakes and other dignitaries who laid wreaths.

Edited by Epineri Vula

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