‘Fallen com­rades won’t be for­got­ten’

Fiji Sun - - Nation - SHRATIKA NAIDU shratikan@fi­jisun.com.fj

Fam­i­lies of fallen mil­i­tary ser­vice­men were as­sured by Tui Macu­ata Ratu Wil­iame Ka­toni­vere yes­ter­day that the sac­ri­fice of their loved ones would never be for­got­ten. Ratu Wil­iame was speak­ing dur­ing the Re­mem­brance Day me­mo­rial ser­vice at the Repub­lic of Fiji Mil­i­tary Forces Sukanaivalu Army Bar­rack in Labasa yes­ter­day. He said no words could ever ad­e­quately ex­press the ex­tent of their per­sonal loss.

“As Fi­jians we be­lieve that it is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of all na­tions to work to­gether to make the world a safer place by bring­ing peace to trou­bled re­gions,” Ratu Wil­iame said. “As a na­tion we can be proud of the fact that we have al­ways made and con­tinue to make con­tri­bu­tions to in­ter­na­tional peace­keep­ing ef­forts far be­yond what is ex­pected of a coun­try of our size. “As I speak to­day, hundreds of our ser­vice­men and women are putting their lives at risk in the most noble of causes; not wag­ing war, but keep­ing the peace for or­di­nary peo­ple in trou­bled parts of the world,” Ratu Wil­iame said.

“It is their duty to serve and it is our duty to hon­our that ser­vice and re­mem­ber all those who have made the ul­ti­mate sac­ri­fice in the course of that ser­vice. “I need to re­mind you once again of our na­tions’ no­table and distin­guished record of ser­vice in past wars in­clud­ing both World Wars as well as present day peace­keep­ing mis­sions in such places as Si­nai, South Su­dan, Iraq, Syria and Le­banon to name a few.” Use­nia Ma­mao, 48, said she was proud of the achieve­ment of her fa­ther Cor­po­ral Kelemete Koroidimuri who served dur­ing the Sec­ond World War in the Solomon Is­lands. “We are proud of his achieve­ment and we can still re­mem­ber after he re­turned from the peace­keep­ing du­ties at the Solomon Is­land how he used to talk about the war back then,” she said. Mrs Ma­mao at­tended the event with her four daugh­ters, sis­ter Mak­ereta Ta­gi­vaka­tini and un­cle Daniel Maina­va­tui­wai. Mrs Ma­mao, orig­i­nally from Nawi Vil­lage in Cakau­drove and wife of the RFMF Sukanaivalu Army Bar­racks Labasa of­fi­cer in­charge Ma­jor Peni­sio Ma­mao, said her fa­ther served Fiji with great hon­our and pride. The mother of nine chil­dren said her fa­ther Cor­po­ral Koroidimuri died from an ill­ness in 1985. Edited by Ru­si­ate Mataika

Fam­i­lies of the fallen com­rades gath­ered for the Re­mem­brance Day me­mo­rial ser­vice at Sukanaivalu Army Bar­rack, in Labasa yes­ter­day.

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