In the cold breeze and light showers, RFMF Officers and men accompanied Australian and New Zealand Diplomatic Corps, Families and friends at the Suva Military Cemetery this morning to commemorate the ANZAC Day.
The Commander of Republic of Fiji Military Force, senior officers and RFMF personnel were present at the occasion with members of Australia and New Zealand Diplomatic Corps to honor the sacrifice of those who had died in war.
A Maori traditional welcoming ceremony was perform by a female delegate to begin the memorable occasion followed by the opening address from New Zealand High Commissioner to Fiji, Mr Jonathan Curr. “I am deeply honored here today to welcome you all, I wish to acknowledge the presence of the speaker of house Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, Minister of defense and foreign affairs Inia Seruiratu, the CRFMF Rear Admiral Viliame Naupoto, Deputy Commander Brigadier Mohammed Aziz, the honorable leader of opposition and excellency of members of the Diplomatic Corp.”
“Each ANZAC day Australians and New Zealanders take time to reflect and to remember, we reflect in a way which our involvement in conflicts and peacekeeping have affected our countries, we remember the sacrifices made by our people during these times,” he said.
“Today our thoughts turn to war veterans, their families, their spouses, as we acknowledge their services and honor their contribution to our countries, we also thank our current services personnel and the wider support community whether they are called on duty on abroad or at home.
On ANZAC day we set aside a time to remember their sacrifice to reflect the impact on our history,” he added.
The RFMF bugler played the last post with the Third Battalion Fiji Infantry Regiment (3FIR) personnel as Catafalque party.
The last post was followed by the wreath laying ceremony and the national anthem of Australia and New Zealand was sung to symbolize commemoration of the ANZAC Day. The occasion later concluded at the Defense Club with refreshments and entertainment by the RFMF Jazz band.