PM joins 3FIR plant­ing ac­tiv­ity

Fiji Sun - - EXPLAINER - INOKE RABONU Edited by Ivamere Nataro

Prime Min­is­ter Voreqe Bain­i­marama joined the Third Bat­tal­ion Fi­jian In­fantry Reg­i­ment (3FIR) of the Repub­lic of the Fiji Mil­i­tary Forces (RFMF) in a man­grove plant­ing ac­tiv­ity at the Nas­ese Fore­shore in Suva yes­ter­day.

The man­grove plant­ing pro­gramme was part of the In­fantry week cel­e­bra­tions, which will con­clude on June 23, at the Queen El­iz­a­beth Bar­racks in Nabua. Min­is­ter for Health and Med­i­cal Ser­vices Dr Ifer­eimi Waqain­a­bete also as­sisted with the man­grove plant­ing ac­tiv­ity.

Act­ing Bat­tal­ion 2IC Ma­jor Ato­nio Na­gauna said the Prime Min­is­ter’s pres­ence am­pli­fied his po­si­tion as an ad­vo­cate on cli­mate change.

“175 men and women from dif­fer­ent units within the RFMF are here,” Ma­jor Na­gauna said.

He said In­fantry Week cel­e­bra­tions this year were rather low be­cause of the COVID-19 re­stric­tions.

“On Fri­day we had vis­ited PJ

Twomey Hos­pi­tal and the Sam­ab­ula Golden Age Home con­duct­ing clean ups and mi­nor ren­o­va­tion work.

“To­day (yes­ter­day) we had handed over adult di­a­pers, health kits, laun­dry stuff at the Home of Com­pas­sion at Princes Road as our form of as­sis­tance and help to the el­derly who re­side there.”

In­fantry Day will be com­mem­o­rated on June 23, with a dawn ser­vice at the Queen El­iz­a­beth Bar­racks.

About In­fantry Day

In­fantry Day was de­rived from Cor­po­ral Se­fanaia Sukanaival­u, Vic­to­ria Cross Win­ner, who was a mem­ber of the Third Bat­tal­ion. He died while fight­ing in Bougainvil­le on June 23, 1944 dur­ing World War Two.

The day com­mem­o­rates the sac­ri­fices of mem­bers of the In­fantry, who had lost their lives dur­ing their ser­vice to the coun­try.

Prime Min­is­ter Voreqe Bain­i­marama with of­fi­cers of the Repub­lic of Fiji Mil­i­tary Forces at the Nas­ese Fore­shore on June 20, 2020.

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