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More Awareness Is Needed For Our Ex-service People

There is very little known about the exploits of our young Fijian men who went out to war since 1914. President of the Returned Soldiers and Ex- Servicemen Ratu Peni
20 May 2015 09:34
More Awareness Is Needed For Our Ex-service People
Ex-servicemen during the Commemorative Service for the Fiji Labour Corps and the Fiji First Reinforcement to World War I at the National War Memorial in Suva yesterday. Photo: Jona Konataci

There is very little known about the exploits of our young Fijian men who went out to war since 1914.

President of the Returned Soldiers and Ex- Servicemen Ratu Peni Volvola made the comments during the memorial service for the Labour Corps and the First Fiji Reinforcement to World War One at the National War Memorial Site in Nasese yesterday.

During an interview Ratu Peni pointed out that there is a need to have more awareness on our ex service men during the war as they risked their lives for our country.

“If you had to ask someone to tell you about the Malayan campaign in the 1950 there will be very little who know about what they did in Malaya and I am very concerned about that because the younger people learn about those in foreign countries, in the Pacific region but we don’t know much about our own history.

Ratu Peni to thanked the government for creating awareness in pamphlets so that Fijians are familiar with what their forefathers did back then and suggested that such curriculums should be implemented.

“I am in my late 60’s but what I heard today is something I had not known about. If that’s someone like me what about the people out there who are still in school. How much do they know about this?

“This is why I keep saying every year that the Ministry of Education should advocate on things like this to their schools so that our children know what our great grandfathers or forefathers did to make Fiji where it is now,” he said

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