Mum, kids, honour their dad
Daddy is resting in God’s loving arms. This is how Jokapeci Vakalaca responded to her children when they ask her about their father’s whereabouts. Her husband died in March while serving in the British Army in Kenya. Ms Vakalaca and her four children were among families of fallen soldiers who were part of the Remembrance Day Memorial Service at the National War Memorial in Veiuto in Suva yesterday. She said life had been a tough journey for her children when their father died. “Every day they will start asking me questions to tell them if their father is going to return or whether there is a chance they will be able to see their father again. “As a mother, it breaks my heart knowing that my husband has gone forever and my children will never see him again,” Ms Vakalaca said. They are currently financed by the British Army, but for Ms Vakalaca life is not the same.
“He fought his battle till the very end and this is something that will always encourage me to step up to his role. “I am so proud of my husband’s sacrifice and what he has done even though he was not in the Fijian military, he was a peacekeeper.
“I always tell my children that their father is in heaven and safe in God loving arms, but one day I hope that my children will grow up to understand and come into terms with the death of their father,” she said. Edited by Jonathan Bryce
Taniela Vakalaca, 10, and Latifa Vakalaca, 8, wear their late father, Saiyasi Vakalaca’s medals during the Remembrance Day Memorial Service in Suva yesterday.