THE younger siblings of the latest Fijian to die in battle for the British Army joined hands with veterans to remember the life of their brother.
Ratu Manasa Silibaravi was slain on May 4 this year while serving in the Nahre Saraj district of Afghanistan where the British Army is fighting the Taliban.
Mereoni Silibaravi was accompanied by her two younger brothers to celebrate Armed Forces Day at the Defence Club in Suva following a church service at the Holy Trinity Anglican Church.
While most of the families celebrated with their fathers, grandfathers and great grandfathers who had served in the British Force, the Silibaravi siblings shared only one thing — admiration for a brother who fought and lived for them.
The fallen soldier was their breadwinner and provider.
"He was a solider for soldiers," Ms Silibaravi said.
"We could not ask for anything more because he had fulfilled his duty not only as a brother but as family man who put the lives of his dear ones first."
She said it was a great honour to be among the people who had served the Queen and returned to their families alive.
"We could have been one of these people sharing what they have experienced, but we are satisfied our brother's legacy is still very much alive," Ms Silibaravi said.
"We are at peace because of the type of man he was."
Ms Silibaravi recalled her brother's humility, saying although his death had left them in shock, they were always prepared for any situation because of the nature of his work.
She said her brother had a caring spirit, one that would be missed by all who knew him.