PM pays tribute to fallen soldiers
September 27, 2018 5:01 am
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama paid tribute to Fijian peacekeepers who served in peacekeeping missions at a special wreath laying ceremony at the North Lawn Memorial within the United Nations headquarters compound.
A minute of silence was observed as the Bugler performed the “Last Post” to remember those Fijian men and women that have sacrificed their lives during the missions.
Bainimarama says undeterred by distance or danger, Fijian peacekeepers have proven time and again that they see themselves as part of something much bigger.
He says the legacy of peacekeepers continues to this day through nearly 900 men and women currently serving around the world.
He says all are worthy successors to that 40-year legacy of sacrifice, perseverance and commitment, which we honour today.
“Our out sized role in peacekeeping over the years, and the 60 heroic Fijians who laid down their own lives, have earned respect from the international community, and showed the world the very best — the valour of Fiji.”
The ceremony was attended by the Fijian delegation and staff from Fiji’s Mission in New York with senior military officials from Australia, New Zealand and Ireland.