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Lest We Forget

Nine years after her father, Waisale Turaganivalu, died in a car crash in Sinai, 30-year-old, Kinisimere Kotoisuva, is still sad that she never got the chance to say goodbye to him.
12 Nov 2020 13:08
Lest We Forget
Sala Kotoisuva and Ponijese Kotoisuva next to the cross marked for their late grandfather, Waisale Turaganivalu, during the Remembrance Day ceremony at the National War Memorial ground on November 11, 2020. Their grandfather died while on peace keeping duty in 2011. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Nine years after her father, Waisale Turaganivalu, died in a car crash in Sinai, 30-year-old, Kinisimere Kotoisuva, is still sad that she never got the chance to say goodbye to him.

The car that Mr Turaganivalu was driving overturned on the highway while he was transporting personnel.

It was only three months into his deployment when the tragic incident occurred in 2011.

The last conversation that Ms Kotoisuva had with her father was via a video call before he set out on the last drive that led to his demise.

He was 49-years-old when he died.

“He drives so he always cautioned us to accept the news whenever a delegation comes home with waka (grog),” Ms Kotoisuva said.

“But on that day we could not accept it because we had just spoken to him the night before. It still pains me that we never got the chance to say goodbye to him.”

Ex-serviceman during the Remembrance Day ceremony at the National War Memorial on November 11, 2020. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Ex-serviceman during the Remembrance Day ceremony at the National War Memorial on November 11, 2020. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Meanwhile, for the past 45 years, Tailevu villager, Amelia Tokai, 61, has been wearing her grandfather’s medals to commemorate him.

Her grandfather passed away when she was about four to five years old.

“My grandfather Mesulame Taura was deployed to the Solomon Islands and died shortly after his return. And up until now I am still proud to wear his medals,” Ms Tokai said.

Edited by Selita Bolanavanua

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