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124 WW1 Fijian war veterans remembered

December 31, 2014 12:26 am

124 Fijian war veterans that were part of the first contingent to the First World War were remembered for their sacrifice today.

A commemoration service was held at the National War Memorial site in Veiuto, Suva this morning with a moving tribute to remember the servicemen and women that paid the ultimate sacrifice, suffered and survived the Great War.

The service was attended by President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, government officials, foreign diplomats and families of the war veterans.

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Earlier this year on August 4th, a commemorative service for the Commonwealth was held at the Glasgow Cathedral in Scotland to mark the centenary of the First World War.

The President was amongst other heads of state from Commonwealth countries who laid a wreath at the Cenotaph in George Square.

A week before this, President Nailatikau had travelled to Belgium to visit the war cemetery in Memin Gate-where 15 Fijians are remembered with honour.

He also visited France where one Fijian soldier is buried and also laid a wreath.
The commemoration service, like the one held this morning will be held over the next four years, with the next one to be held on 19th, May 2015.

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