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Drummers At 1970 Independence Day Back To Watch At Anniversary

Ex-servicemen honoured to be part of celebration
10 Oct 2020 10:03
Drummers At 1970 Independence Day Back To Watch At Anniversary
Former RFMF Warrant Class two, Corporal Vula Tabuadua, Former RFMF Band vocalist and drummer Warrant Officer Class One Rabici Logavatu Vuikadavu and Former RFMF Warrant Officer Class One Peni Mateiwai during the rehearsal for the Fiji Day parade at Albert Park. Photo: Shreeya Verma

The 70-year-old ex-service man, who was a drummer in the parade during Fiji’s Independence Day celebration in 1970, is delighted to be a part of this year’s 50th Fiji Day.

Former Royal Fiji Military Forces band vocalist and drummer Warrant Officer Class One, Rabici Logavatu Vuikadavu, who joined the service in May 1970, said it was an honour to be called by the military force to witness the celebration.

“We were five months into the army when we took part in the first parade of Fiji’s inaugural Independence Day as drummers for the dedication of Noble Banner Blue,” he said

He said it was good to feel the hype just the way he felt 50 years ago.

“In 1970,  there was excitement in the air when Fiji gained independence. Everyone was happy and people were prepared to celebrate their freedom from British colonial power,” Mr Vuikadavu said.

Former Warrant Officer Class One Peni Mateiwai, who was also a drummer in the same batch as Mr Vuikadavu, said he was grateful to God’s blessing these past 50 years.

“I have tears when I see my fellow army officers perform the rhythm while parading and signing the national anthem,” he said.

He said it was a nostalgic moment for all ex-service men to share their memories of celebrating Fiji Day together as one.

Former Royal Fiji Military Forces Warrant Class two, Corporal Vula Tabuadua, who started his journey in the army in 1979, said this celebration was precious and brought hype to every Fijian citizen.

“I served in the military for the past 34 years and it gives me happiness to see my colleagues from the 1970s as they are the ones who sacrificed for the betterment of our country,” he said.

Tabuadua hoped the citizens of Fiji would work together for the next 50 years so we can take Fiji to the future.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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