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Remembrance Day: Fulaga Youth Lied About Age To Serve Country

I lied about my age in 1955 only to go and serve for our country, said Maciu Rogowale. The 83-year-old of Fulaga in Lau said during the recruitment process in
12 Nov 2018 16:38
Remembrance Day: Fulaga Youth Lied About Age To Serve Country
Ex-Serviceman Maciu Rogowale, with wife, Vilimaina Lea at the National War Memorial on November 11, 2018. Photo: Simione Haravanua

I lied about my age in 1955 only to go and serve for our country, said Maciu Rogowale.

The 83-year-old of Fulaga in Lau said during the recruitment process in 1955 for the Malaya mission, he was 20 years old.

“The requirements for intake that year was 21-years old, so I lied during my interview that I was 21 years because I also wanted to be part of the team and fight for our country,” he said.

“There were 70 of us that left in 1955 and we all returned together in 1956 after the war.”

Mr Rogowale said when they arrived in Malaya around mid-October, they were greeted with the sad memories of the 18 fallen Fijians who were there before them.

“Today is a very important day for me as an ex-serviceman,” he said.

“It reminded me of the days I spent in Malaya with all the struggles and hardship we went through.

“It was not an easy time for us.”

He said after his retirement from the military, he had never missed any Remembrance Day event.

Mr Rogowale was grateful to live long enough to also mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama (left), meets Ex-Serviceman Maciu Rogowale (right), after the Remembrance Day ceremony at the National War Memorial on November 11, 2018.  Photo: Simione Haravanua

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama (left), meets Ex-Serviceman Maciu Rogowale (right), after the Remembrance Day ceremony at the National War Memorial on November 11, 2018. Photo: Simione Haravanua

Edited by Percy Kean

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