North prepares for Fiji Day celebrations

Soldiers taking part in next week's Fiji Day celebrations during a choir practise following their parade practise at Subrail Park yesterday morning. Picture: LUKE RAWALAI

A TOTAL of 500 soldiers, 40 police officers and 160 civilians are expected to take part in the Fiji Day parade, including the military tattoo on Wednesday next week.

Defence Ministry permanent secretary Osea Cawaru has extended an invitation to all northerners to witness and be part of the Fiji Day celebration which will be held at Subrail Park.

Mr Cawaru said a total of 400 soldiers were taking part in the Fiji Day parade which was scheduled to take place from 1pm to 2.30pm on Wednesday. “The military tattoo, where 100 soldiers including police officers and schoolchildren, is scheduled to take place at 6pm,” he said.

“The Fiji Day celebrations program begins at 9am with a march from Y-Corner to Subrail Park, the venue for the event.

“A 21 gun salute will be observed during the celebrations to commemorate the day.”

Meanwhile, the celebration is expected to generate revenue in millions, considering the hive of activities that will boost businesses in Labasa Town.

Labasa Chamber of Commerce president Satish Kumar said the town was expected to host one of its biggest crowds on Wednesday next week.

Mr Kumar said hotels in Labasa had been booked out this week as ministers and top government dignitaries were expected to attend the event.

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