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Salute For Fijian War Heroes

The President, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau led the commemorative service in Nasese Suva yesterday for Fijian heroes who fought in the First World War. Government representatives, members of the Diplomatic Corp,
20 May 2015 09:36
Salute For Fijian War Heroes
President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau takes a moment after placing his wreath 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

The President, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau led the commemorative service in Nasese Suva yesterday for Fijian heroes who fought in the First World War.

Government representatives, members of the Diplomatic Corp, the Fijian security forces, friends and families of members of the First Fiji Reinforcement to World War I were also present at the National War Memorial Site.

They commemorated the lives of late Fijian war heroes who served in World War I from 1914 – 1918.

Katarina Biaukula, 65, of Rewa joined the celebration in remembrance of her late father, Rakato Vuakalou.

She vividly remembered the struggles her father faced after fighting for Fiji.

“This is a sad day for me because I remembered the life and struggles my father faced during those times,” Ms Biaukula said.

“I am happy that Government is taking time to remember the people who represented the country during World War I like my father. I thank everyone who came to pay their respects for their sacrifices,” she said.

The Minister for Defence, National Security and Immigration, Timoci Natuva said the service was done to remember the lives of the ex-servicemen.

“Today we want to remember them and tell the world that the peace that we have now is the peace that was created in the First World War, Second and others so today we just want to honour those sacrifices,” he said.

Ratu Epeli laid the first wreath in remembrance of fallen heroes.

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