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Remembering the fallen heroes

Tevita Vuibau
Monday, November 12, 2012

FAMILIES of soldiers who died in the line of duty were out in numbers to honour their loved ones at the Remembrance Day in Suva and other parts of the country yesterday.

With the day dedicated to loved ones lost, many women and children gathered at Battery Road in Nasese to honour the sacrifices of their parents, children and siblings.

Among those gathered was Sereana Tuiwainunu, who came to honour the memory of her husband, Major Kinijoji Tuiwainunu.

Major Tuiwanunu served as the commanding officer of the First Battalion of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces when they were posted to East Timor in 2000.

"After all those years he was in and out of Lebanon and East Timor and he was also a negotiator during the army takeover in Labasa — he helped to restore control to the army," she said.

Mrs Tuiwainunu said her husband died seven years ago after a stint in East Timor.

She said seeing her husband's colleagues during the ceremony brought back fond memories of yesteryears.

"I really enjoyed coming today, it's very important to me especially when I'm alone and I meet a lot of his colleagues and his peers and a lot of friends. After all these years today, I remember a lot of good things about my husband," Mrs Tuiwainunu said.

She said there was more that could be done for families of former soldiers.

The mother of four praised the Commander of the RFMF for taking care of her family.

Meanwhile, Kaci Mucunabitu, who also lost her husband Jese M Mucunabitu six years ago, said the day was equally important to her and was one when she reminisced the life of her husband.