Caption: Prime Minister Bainimarama with the family of the late OS (Ordinary Seaman) Timoci Bola who died in Iraq last year. The family were at today’s event. Photo:MINFO

Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama today urged Fijians to value the significance of the “Poppy Appeal” as he paid tribute to those ex-servicemen and women whose sacrifices are recognised through the appeal.  

Launching the 2013 Poppy Appeal, Prime Minister Bainimarama said that Fijians must wear the poppy with pride as Fiji joins the global commemoration of the Remembrance Day.


Prime Minister Bainimarama meets with Ratu Josefa Mataitini, the President of the Ex-Servicemen Association for Serua/Namosi/Beqa

“My fellow Fijians, when you buy a poppy, you are buying a piece of history and a symbol of the sacrifices made by others to guarantee the life you have today,” PM Bainimarama said.

“I call upon you all to support this appeal and whatever your age, to wear the poppy with pride.”

The head of government added that Fiji was proud of the Fijian servicemen and women for their dedication and bravery and the honour that they have bestowed on the country.

“To all servicemen and women present here today both current and former the nation salutes you,” PM Bainimarama said.

“You have our enduring respect and grateful thanks.”

“We also renew our undertaking that Fiji will always be there to defend the cause of freedom, wherever that may be.”

Also present at the Poppy Appeal launch were members of the disciplined forces and members of the Ex-Servicemen Association.

Meanwhile, the public can access these poppy flowers at various organisations in the private and public sector and donate to the appeal.

Source: Ministry of Information Fiji

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