THE colours of the national flag brightened the town of Labasa yesterday as people turned up in blue and red to celebrate Fiji Day.
Held at Subrail Park, students, civil servants and community reps marched through town led by the Nabala Secondary School marching band.
Transport Minister Colonel Timoci Natuva said Fiji Day was a special day.
"It is the day to set aside to reflect on our country and what it means to us and the pride we take in its achievements," he said.
"At the outset, I must say Fiji has come a long way since independence in 1970.
"So far, we have dedicated ourselves to building a strong and prosperous nation.
"Despite the challenges, we have never abandoned our dream to achieve this."
Col. Natuva said it was a moment to reflect on past achievements.
"Moving together in unity is challenge to all of us here today. It demands a whole of society approach with you the people as the main stakeholder," he said.
""So, as we celebrate today, I ask that we pause for a moment to reflect on what the country that we all call home means to us, to our friends, families."