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Rememberance Day: Lest We Forget

Hundreds gathered at the National War Memorial  at Veiuto in Suva yesterday to commemorate Remembrance Day and the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. It was
12 Nov 2018 15:52
Rememberance Day: Lest We Forget
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama shows his respect to the fallen soldiers after laying his wreath at the Remembrance Day ceremony at the National War Memorial on November 11, 2018. Photo: Simione Haravanua

Hundreds gathered at the National War Memorial  at Veiuto in Suva yesterday to commemorate Remembrance Day and the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.

It was known as the Great War to end all wars as well as the war to make the world safe for democracy. 124 Fijians died in this war.

President Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote officiated the event. He was received by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama upon arrival before the actual formalities began with the singing of the national anthem.

The commemoration service was led by the Republic of Fiji Military Forces Chaplain Reverend Ilaitia Tuwere.

The event was also attended by Fijian ex-servicemen and their families, including the British Legion and members of the diplomatic corp, disciplined forces, senior Government officials and guests.

World War I ended at 11am on November 11, 1918. It became known as Armistice Day.

FLASHBACK: England’s King George V inspecting World War I troops from the Fiji Labour Company (100 iTaukei soldiers, two European officers and six European NCOs) at the Tramecourt Chateau, August 13, 1918.

FLASHBACK: England’s King George V inspecting World War I troops from the Fiji Labour Company (100 iTaukei soldiers, two European officers and six European NCOs) at the Tramecourt Chateau, August 13, 1918.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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