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Poppy appeal launched

October 2, 2015 7:25 pm

Wearing a Poppy symbolises Fiji’s ongoing recognition of the priceless sacrifice made by our forefathers who served in the Fijian Armed Forces during the First and Second World War.

Speaking at the launch of the 2015 Poppy Appeal, Defence Minister Timoci Natuva says it also signifies the courage and commitment of those who made the ultimate sacrifice for the sake of the peace and freedom we enjoy today.

He says the poppy’s distinctly red flower has become a symbol the world remembers as the blood, sweat and tears shed by our fallen forefathers.

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Natuva says during the 1st world war the Red Poppy was the first plant that sprang out of the devastated battlefields of France, so soldiers all over the world attribute the vivid red flower to the blood shed by comrades.

Encouraging all Fijians, the Defence Minister says people should take part in this worthy cause and wear a poppy to remember the fallen ex-service man and honour those who are still with us today and those who have passed on.

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