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Our Fallen Soldiers Remembered

Tears flowed as the families of fallen Fijian soldiers gathered at the National War Memorial in Veiuto to commemorate Remembrance Day yesterday. The memorial service was led by President Major-General
12 Nov 2016 11:00
Our Fallen  Soldiers  Remembered
Acting Prime Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum while laying wreath during Remembrance day at National War Memorial site yesterday. Photo: RONALD KUMAR

Tears flowed as the families of fallen Fijian soldiers gathered at the National War Memorial in Veiuto to commemorate Remembrance Day yesterday.

The memorial service was led by President Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote.

It was also attended by armed forces dignitaries, diplomats and Government ministers.

During the early hours of yesterday morning, the first wreath was by Defence Minister, Ratu Inoke Kubuobola and followed by other high profiles members of the armed forces at the Military Cemetery in Reservoir Road during the Remembrance Day Dawn Service.

Fiji Returned Soldiers and Ex-Servicemen Association president, Ratu Peni Volavola said Fiji was a tiny island, but was of significant importance.

He said the freedom that Fiji was enjoying today was founded not only 10 years ago or when the peacekeepers went to Lebanon in 1978. He said it was founded decades ago when the blood of the Fijians was spilled in the Solomon Islands and Malaya.

“So the foundation of living peacefully now today was founded with sacred commodity, the blood of the Fijian soldiers,” he said.

Ratu Peni said Fijians are now holding various positions in the international level because of their sacrifices.

“We hope that all sectors around Fiji will recognise this huge exercise and give soldiers their due recognition,” Ratu Peni said.

Former serviceman, 70-year-old Ulaisi Koli from Daku in Tailevu said he joined the Republic of Fiji Military Forces in 1978. He had been posted to places like Lebanon, Sinai, East Timor and Iraq for peacekeeping duties.

“This is a important very day for us because this is when we gather to remember the sacrifices we had made and those that went before us,” he said

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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