FORTY seven-year-old Elenoa Seniyaqona of Suva could not hold back her tears as she remembered the work of her husband, a soldier who died while in service.
Rusiate Seniyaqona, 50, who died of a heart attack a month ago, was posthumously awarded the medal of service for serving in the Republic of Fiji Military Forces for more than 15 years.
Mrs Seniyaqona received the medal on his behalf from military commander Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama yesterday at the Queen Elizabeth Barracks.
In an interview, Mrs Seniyaqona said she felt really proud of her husband's integrity while serving the people of Fiji.
"I am a proud wife today as I am representing my husband who served the RFMF for 17 years," she said as tears rolled down her cheeks.
Mrs Seniyaqona said her husband died after returning from a mission in Iraq.
She said she had seven children with the youngest in Class Four.
"Sometimes I feel good that God has taken my husband to be home with Him but sometimes it feels bad that he is no more with us."
Mrs Seniyaqona said occasionally the younger ones would ask about their father.
"I advise my children to be strong because we're by ourselves as their father will not come back," she said.
Mrs Seniyaqona said she kept reminding her children to depend on God who would guide them all the way through.
Commodore Bainimarama pinned 163 medals to soldiers who had served the RFMF for 15 years.
The awards included Meritorious Service Decoration, Service Decoration, Meritorious Service Award and Service Award to service personnel of the RFMF.