The Third Battalion Fiji Infantry Regiment (3FIR) sendoff their comrades who have reached their retirement age from the last 12 months at Queen Elizabeth Barrack (QEB), Nabua.
Battalion personnel turned up in numbers for the occasion and the program started with the church service followed by a morning tea hosted at the 3FIR headquarters shed.
Prior to the morning tea, the Commanding Officer 3FIR Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col) Penioni Naliva delivered his farewell speech. “Comrades that are gathered here today, I reminded you all to be loyal to the institution which has been displayed by our comrades that we are sending off today for they have upheld the Values and Ethos of the RFMF during hard times that we have surpassed,” he said.
The Military traditional farewell ‘Veidre’ was conducted where current members of the battalion towed a vehicle manually with the retirees onboard and the RFMF band leading with drum rolls accompanied by musical tunes to mark the special event as a memorable one.
Lt Col Naliva presented them the battalion gifts which was a token of appreciation for their dedication and integrity within the institution especially having come through the most difficult times in the history of the RFMF.
The occasion concluded with the traditional ceremony of farewell. All the retirees thanked CO 3FIR and appreciated the battalion for acknowledging the years of service rendered within the military