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Hundreds Mark ANZAC Day in Suva

Despite the heavy rain and cold breeze, hundreds gathered yesterday at the Suva Military Cemetery to mark ANZAC Day. ANZAC Day commemorates the fallen members of the Australian and New
26 Apr 2017 11:07
Hundreds Mark ANZAC Day in Suva
From left: NZ High Commissioner to Fiji Mark Ramsden, NZ Navy Lieutenant Benjamin Flight, and NZ Police Liaison Officer Paul Hamptom during the ANZAC Day Dawn Service on April 25, 2017. Photo: Vilimoni Vaganalau

Despite the heavy rain and cold breeze, hundreds gathered yesterday at the Suva Military Cemetery to mark ANZAC Day.

ANZAC Day commemorates the fallen members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps who fought at Gallipoli against the Ottoman Empire during World War I.

Ex-serviceman representative Saweio Raura(left) and Fiji Military Force Commander Rear Admiral Viliame Naupoto(right) during the ANZAC day dawn service on April 25, 2017.Photo:Vilimoni Vaganalau.

Ex-serviceman representative Saweio Raura(left) and Fiji Military Force Commander Rear Admiral Viliame Naupoto(right) during the ANZAC day dawn service on April 25, 2017.Photo:Vilimoni Vaganalau.

It also now honours all those who died at war and in international peacekeeping while serving Australia and New Zealand.

Acting Australian High Commissioner to Fiji, Amy Crago, said yesterday they honoured their supreme sacrifice so that we could live in peace.

President Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote and Permanent Secretary for Defence, National Security and Immigration Osea Cawaru at the Anzac Day Dawn Service on April 25, 2017.  Photo: Vilimoni Vaganalau

President Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote and Permanent Secretary for Defence, National Security and Immigration Osea Cawaru at the Anzac Day Dawn Service on April 25, 2017.
Photo: Vilimoni Vaganalau

 

“Today there are some 2300 Australian, 270 New Zealand and over 800 Fijian men and women serving overseas, including together again in the Sinai to ensure peace and stability in a troubled region; we wish them a speedy and safe return home on completion of operations,” she said.

“Our ANZACs and all who have served our countries will be held in our hearts and minds forever.

“Today we gather, as we shall always gather, not to glorify war, but to remind ourselves that we value who we are and the freedoms we possess.

“Every year on April 25, we come together to remember not only these Australian and New Zealand service men and women, but all those who have suffered or continue to suffer through war.

“In doing so we also think of their loved ones, whose grief and sense of loss can never be eased.

“A year ago we here bore witness to that spirit as Australian, New Zealand and Fijian forces worked side by side in the response to Tropical Cyclone Winston.

“The bonds formed then stand strong now,” Ms Crago said.

From left: NZ High Commissioner to Fiji Mark Ramsden,US Ambassador to Fiji Judith Cefkin ,British High Commissioner to Fiji Melanie Hopkins during the ANZAC day dawn service on April 25, 2017.Photo:Vilimoni Vaganalau.

From left: NZ High Commissioner to Fiji Mark Ramsden,US Ambassador to Fiji Judith Cefkin ,British High Commissioner to Fiji Melanie Hopkins during the ANZAC day dawn service on April 25, 2017.Photo:Vilimoni Vaganalau.

ANZAC day dawn service at the suva military cemetary on April 25, 2017.Photo:Vilimoni Vaganalau.

ANZAC day dawn service at the suva military cemetary on April 25, 2017.Photo:Vilimoni Vaganalau.

Republic of Fiji Military Forces Commander Rear Admiral Viliame Naupoto at the ANZAC Day Dawn Service on April 25, 2017.  Photo: Vilimoni Vaganalau

Republic of Fiji Military Forces Commander Rear Admiral Viliame Naupoto at the ANZAC Day Dawn Service on April 25, 2017.
Photo: Vilimoni Vaganalau

US Ambassador to Fiji Judith Cefkin lays wreath at Anzac Day Dawn Service on April 25, 2017.Photo:Vilimoni Vaganalau.

US Ambassador to Fiji Judith Cefkin lays wreath at Anzac Day Dawn Service on April 25, 2017.Photo:Vilimoni Vaganalau.

President Major-General (Ret'd) Jioji Konrote during the ANZAC day dawn service on April 25, 2017.Photo:Vilimoni Vaganalau.

President Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote during the ANZAC day dawn service on April 25, 2017.Photo:Vilimoni Vaganalau.

NZ High Commissioner to Fiji Mark Ramsden and  EU Ambassador to the Pacific Andrew Jacobs during the ANZAC day dawn service on April 25, 2017.Photo:Vilimoni Vaganalau.

NZ High Commissioner to Fiji Mark Ramsden and EU Ambassador to the Pacific Andrew Jacobs during the ANZAC day dawn service on April 25, 2017.Photo:Vilimoni Vaganalau.

 

The Dawn Service was also attended by the Republic of Fiji Military Forces Commander, Rear-Admiral Viliame Naupoto, President Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote, New Zealand High Commissioner to Fiji Mark Ramsden, European Union Ambassador to Fiji and the Pacific, Andrew Jacobs, US Ambassador Judith Cefkin and others.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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