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Families Recall Fond Memories For Late Servicemen, Wish They Were Still Here

An emotional Sulumaite Tagivakatini wished her late father and grandfathers were alive to celebrate Christmas together.
12 Nov 2022 16:36
Families Recall Fond Memories For Late Servicemen, Wish They Were Still Here
Sulumaite Tagivakatini with military officers during Remembrance Day at Sukanaivalu Army Barrack, Vaturekuka on November 11, 2022. Photo: Shratika Naidu

An emotional Sulumaite Tagivakatini wished her late father and grand­fathers were alive to celebrate Christmas together.

The 25-year-old was at the Remem­brance Day at Sukanaivalu Army Barrack, Vaturekuka in Labasa on Friday with the families of the fallen comrades.

Her father, Sergeant Silivenusi Tagivakatini died in 2019, while her grandfathers, Serupepeli Tagi­vakatini died in 2003 and Corporal Kelemete Koroidimuri died in 1986.

From Left: Daniele Tagivakatini, with his sister Sulumaite Tagivakatini and mother Mareta Tagivakatini during Remembrance Day at Sukanaivalu Army Barrack, Vaturekuka in November 11, 2022. Photo: Shratika Naidu

From Left: Daniele Tagivakatini, with his sister Sulumaite Tagivakatini and mother Mareta Tagivakatini during Remembrance Day at Sukanaivalu Army Barrack, Vaturekuka in November 11, 2022. Photo: Shratika Naidu

“It was the first time for me to wear my father’s medals which he received while serving on peace­keeping duties in countries like Syria, Sinai, Lebanon and East Ti­mor,” Ms Tagivakatini said.

“Whatever few memories I had flashed back while I stood remem­bering them.”

The third youngest of six siblings originally from Bau Island thanked her mother, Mareta Tagivakatini for being strong and looking after them in absence of their father.

Among the families were Filome­na Nasabo, of Siberia, Labasa who lost her husband, Suliano Qali­waqa last year due to short illness.

“He became very sick and little did I know that I would stand today to remember him,” the mother of the six children said.

“I really miss him, but I’m thank­ful for the contribution he made.”

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