October 10, 2012 12:00:00 AM
  Follow @ Twitter

Fiji’s Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama launched the Poppy Appeal with a touching message to mark the occasion by calling on all nations to work together to bring about world peace.

Bainimarama said that as Fijians we believed that it is the responsibility of all nations to work together to make the world a safer place by bringing peace to the troubled regions.

 “I need hardly remind you of our nation’s notable and distinguished record of service in past wars,  including both World Wars, as well as present day peacekeeping missions in places as such Sinai, South Sudan and Iraq, to name a few,”  he said.

He also said that the red flower (the poppy flower) has become a worldwide symbol of commemoration for Fiji’s fallen heroes, veterans and enlisted servicemen and women.

 “I need hardly remind you of our nation’s 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 and Iraq, to name a few,” he said.

 The head of government said that 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 our size.

“The men and women who stand side by side with comrades from across the globe risk their lives in service to this calling. A calling that is deeply embraced by the citizens our country. By our sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers,” Bainimarama 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,” he added.

 The Poppy Appeal is an annual event launched to raise funds for organizations that raise the profile of veterans that have served in conflict zones including the ex servicemen association.

By Indrani Krishna


Our future is truly exciting: PM
Lets reflect on the past, President urges citizens

Post a Comment
Bookmark and Share


Posted Comments
No comments, but you can post the first comment!

Are you happy with the 2015 Budget?

Poll Results: Current | Previous

Are you happy with the 2015 Budget?

More Polls
Press Esc to close this window
It's a fair budget, says top exporterFiji's top exporter, Mark Halabe has labelled the 2015 National Budget as "fair" and says the Government has delivered what it promised to the people.
Fiji U20 finishes last in President's CupThe Vodafone Fiji U20 football team finished last in the inaugural OFC President's Cup after losing the 5th place-playoff against Bodden Town of Cayman Islands 3-0 at The Trusts Arena in Auckland this afternoon.
'Green'-tinted SUVs at Seoul Motor ShowGas-guzzling SUVs, eco-friendly electric cars and the odd brave attempt to marry the selling points of both are taking centre stage at the biennial Seoul Motor Show.
Vodafone Fiji, Tonga telco in allianceVodafone Fiji and Tonga Communications Corporation today signed a strategic partnership alliance that will allow the Tongan company to leverage off the experience of their Fijian counterparts.
Moorhouse to release debut albumNew Zealand 2013 The X Factor fan favourites Moorhouse will release their debut self-titled album that will include their brand new single Somebody Loves You on December 5.
Clean-up day to curb dengue outbreakFiji's Ministry of Health has declared a clean-up day next Thursday for residents in the central division as it ups the tempo against a dengue fever outbreak currently experienced in the country.