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Remembering The Fallen

To commemorate ANZAC Day, 12 business delegates from New Zealand and Fiji paid tribute to fallen soldiers at the Suva Military Cemetery along Reservoir Road, Suva, yesterday. The cemetery contains
24 Apr 2015 11:15
Remembering The Fallen

To commemorate ANZAC Day, 12 business delegates from New Zealand and Fiji paid tribute to fallen soldiers at the Suva Military Cemetery along Reservoir Road, Suva, yesterday.

The cemetery contains 66 Commonwealth war graves.

The delegation is made up of six organisations ­- the New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, Pacific Trade and Investment, Fijian High Commission in Wellington, Fijian Honorary Consuls office in Auckland, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the New Zealand Fiji Business Council.

ANZAC stands for Australia and New Zealand Army Corps, which was later on used to term those who later joined the armed forces which gave a sense of patriotism to both countries.

Both armed forces fought in the Gallipoli landings in Turkey during World War I, where many lost their lives during combat.

New Zealand Ambassador for the Pacific Economic Development and a former New Zealand politician, Matua Shane Jones, said ANZAC Day was embedded in the New Zealand culture regardless of culture or race.

“We like to commemorate our forefathers who laid down their lives and that it’s important to teach our children to respect men and women who play a role in the services which are a key part of our history,” he said.

“A number of us will be leaving tomorrow (today) to take a role in our communities in New Zealand and the huge commemoration will actually take place over in Turkey and also in other sites around Europe where the first world war raged.”

He was glad to support the New Zealand Business delegation and that engagement between business committees for New Zealand and Fiji built an excellent platform for wealth generation.

“We can’t take for granted the things we have today, the privileges we have now as modern citizens or that my children will enjoy were all hard fought for by earlier generations and as a former national politician and a current ambassador I will never commit the foolish act to forget,” he said.

Meanwhile, New Zealand Fiji Business Council president Chandar Sen said it was appropriate to pay tribute to the fallen on the 100th ANZAC Day anniversary.

 

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