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Suva celebrations, ‘biggest ever’

By TALEBULA KATE Fijians around the country yesterday celebrated 42 years of independence from Great Britain. People came together as one from all races, religion and culture, as a sea
11 Oct 2012 10:28

By TALEBULA KATE

Fijians around the country yesterday celebrated 42 years of independence from Great Britain.
People came together as one from all races, religion and culture, as a sea of white and blue colours brightened up Albert Park to commemorate Fiji’s independence.
With the theme of this year being “Celebrate a Unite Fiji”, people from all walks of life turned up in numbers, to be part of this celebrated occasion.
The notable celebration which is renowned around the country every year began with a march from the Suva Flea Market.
Master of ceremonies and Chief of Protocol, Ratu Tiale Vuiyasawa, said this year’s celebrations was the biggest ever and a most memorable one, judging from groups that participated in the march and the crowd that flocked to Albert Park.
“Previous year’s celebrations were celebrated during bad weather, but this year was blessed with excellent weather.”
The Police Band led the march followed by the President’s Office and Prime Minister’s Office staff.
Civil servants from Government ministries, private organisations, tertiary institutions, brass bands and the general public joined in the march to Albert Park where they were greeted and presented with prizes.
The arrival of the chief guest and President, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, was acknowledged by the public rising to their feet, followed by the national anthem.
Ratu Epeli then reviewed the military parade which later displayed an astonishing military march pass beginning with the parade march on and ending with the march off and was commanded by Parade Commander, Lieutenant-Colonel Sitiveni Qiliho.




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