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Big Turnout At Major Tadu Funeral

Big Turnout At Major Tadu Funeral
Last march out of the Queen Elizabeth Barrack for the late Major Amelia Tadu with son Jason Damuni carrying her medals on August 30,2018.Photo:Simione Haravanua.
August 31
11:40 2018

A big crowd turned up to the funeral service of the late Major Amelia Tadu yesterday at the Republic of Fiji Military Force’s Tuvusa Hall in Nabua.

The casket of the late Major Amelia Tadu during her homecoming service at the Army Barrack in Nabua Suva on August 30,2018.Photo:Simione Haravanua.

The casket of the late Major Amelia Tadu during her homecoming service at the Army Barrack in Nabua Suva on August 30,2018.Photo:Simione Haravanua.

Also present was President Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote, the former Minister for Defence Timoci Natuva, representatives from Embassies in the country, non-governmental organisations, retired soldiers and families.

The military’s eulogy was presented by Major Antonio Nagauna who described Major Tadu as a “woman of faith”.

“This was evident in her engagements with the people especially with the troops and officers,” Major Nagauna said.

“Her death came as a shock to the RFMF family especially when her services were still needed. We the RFMF Family are feeling the effect of her passing and we miss her.”

He also described Major Tadu as a loving mother, a sister, an officer and a leader, a diehard Adi Cakobau Old Girl and a loyal friend.

Major Nagauna also shared a story: “Once during an inter unit rugby match at QEB, one of the boys dropped the ball that could have led to a winning try for the team from her battalion.

“She called out to the manager that the soldier should be charged for the blunder that cost her team a possible victory.”

Major Tadu joined the RFMF in February 1988 and was commissioned in December 1988. She reached the pinnacle of her career when she graduated from Command and Staff College overseas in 2016.

Even before that she served as Commanding Officer of the Logistics Support Unit in 2012 and the Land Force Battalion in 2015. Prior to that Major Nagauna said she had held various staff appointments.

During the mutiny at QEB in 2000, Major Tadu was one of those loyal soldiers who were shot.

“RFMF is thankful to Major Tadu for her continued commitment even during the difficulties of her sickness and personal hardships.”

Major Nagauna also read a letter from Colonel Litea Vulakoro Seruiratu who is currently studying at the Australian Defence College.

A paragraph read: “I salute you, for being a single mother of four beautiful children, you nurtured and prepared them well spiritually, balancing it with a demanding career as a woman in a leadership role in the military.”

She added: “Honestly believe the Lord is telling you – ‘Well done, good and faithful servant, you were faithful over a few things’

The ACSOG described Major Tadu as a devoted and loving mother.

Scar of the nation

Major Tadu has a scar on her shoulder. Pastor Apenisa Ralulu, during his sermon, said he once asked Major Tadu about the scar and she said: “I’ve got the scar of the nation.” She was shot at QEB during the 2000 mutiny.

‘I’ve lost a great mum’

The eldest son of the late Major Tadu, Jason Damuni, in his eulogy yesterday said: “I’ve lost a great mum”.

He said he was always naughty to his mum all the time and even she called to send him somewhere he would run away.

“I want to apologise to mum for what I always do. No one could replace my wonderful mother,” he said.

Mr Damuni said that he would be looking after the family and would continue from where his mum had left. He thanked all those who attended the service. Mr Damuni just joined the military in the past two weeks.

After the church service Major Tadu’s casket was marched through the camp to the main gate, accompanied by the President and senior officers.

Parliamentarian Matai Akaoula on behalf of the family thanked all those who were present at the service. He also thanked the RFMF for looking after Major Tadu during her 30 years with them.

Major Tadu is survived by four children and her mother Temalesi Tadu. She hailed from Nayau, Lau.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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