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US Embassy celebrates independence two days early

Tevita Vuibau
Thursday, July 03, 2014

THE American Embassy staff members brought out their cowboy boots, 50 gallon hats, spurs and linedances to celebrate Independence Day with a traditional western shindig in Suva yesterday.

Normally celebrated on July 4 the embassy celebrated Independence Day two days early and Ambassador Frankie Reed said Fijians should not miss the opportunity to participate in the formation of their own democracy.

Drawing on lessons from her mother Ms Reed said people needed to be agents for change.

"You know my mother went to the polls for the presidential elections for president Obama she was in a wheelchair and she had a stroke and she went because in her time in the State that she was from it was very, very difficult."

"African Americans fought very hard to vote she never misses an election, if she is physically able to get there, that's the message and she communicates that to my daughter, her granddaughter all the time.

"If you want to make a change you have to get up out of your chair and make a change don't let the opportunity pass you by."








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