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We Will Never Forget Them: Tagicakibau

It is our duty as a nation to always remember all these veterans in our prayers, says the Commissioner Western Manasa Tagicakibau. He made the comment while officiating at the
12 Nov 2015 09:05
We Will Never Forget Them: Tagicakibau
Commissioner Western Manasa Tagicakibau places the wreath during the event in Lautoka yesterday.

It is our duty as a nation to always remember all these veterans in our prayers, says the Commissioner Western Manasa Tagicakibau.
He made the comment while officiating at the Remembrance Day in Lautoka yesterday.
“Today, we pause and stand in dignified silence as they are all commemorated and remembered,” Mr Tagicakibau said.
“They answered the call to duty and many gave their lives in the process.”
To mark the occasion, former soldiers were present with their family members, friends and invited guests.
“To those who today continue to bravely follow in the footsteps of these veterans, we pray to Almighty God for His continuing protection. To our fallen comrades, and those veterans who have since passed on, we also pray to Almighty God to grant their souls eternal rest, to fortify their families and to gently remind them that their light still shines brightly. We will remember them!
“Testifying to ever ready willingness to answer the call to service, that is a true quality of our people, and to the huge sacrifice, which a small but proud nation like Fiji, had made to freedom and peace in the world,” he said.
He said the first war veterans were European men and women who served in France in World War I from 1914 to 1918 in a British infantry regiment called the Kings Royal Rifle Corps (KRRC).
They were later joined by the Fiji Labour Corps, mainly indigenous Fijians in 1917 who were employed in the French port cities of Calais and Marseilles.
The second veterans were those who served in the Solomon Islands during World War II from 1939 to 1945.
The third of these veterans served in Malaya from 1952 to 1956 during the Emergency Campaign against communist insurgency with troops from other Commonwealth countries who were part of the British Far East Land Forces.
The fourth served in Christmas Island from 1957-1959 with Operation Grapple for the test series of the Hydrogen Bomb.
The fifth were those who served with distinction in England, and in other countries with the British Armed Forces, beginning in 1961, until today.
The sixth of these veterans were those who served in peacekeeping duties in numerous theatres of conflict around the world beginning in Lebanon in May 1978, in the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL).



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