PM pays tribute to Fijian peacekeepers

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama is escorted to place the wreath during a solemn ceremony held at the United Nations headquarters. Picture: SUPPLIED

THE legacy of Fijian peacekeepers continues to this day through the nearly 900 men and women currently serving as United Nations Peacekeepers around the world

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama said this while paying tribute to Fijian peacekeepers that have served in peacekeeping missions at a special wreath laying ceremony held at the North Lawn Memorial within the United Nations headquarters compound.

“All are worthy successors to that 40 year legacy of sacrifice, of perseverance and of commitment, which we honour today,” Mr Bainimarama said.

Mr Bainimarama said undeterred by distance or danger, our brave peacekeepers have proven time and again that Fijians see themselves as part of something much bigger.

“Over these past 40 years, Fijian Peacekeepers have defended the weak, protected the vulnerable, and restored hope to those less fortunate, in dangerous and conflict torn areas around the world.”

The ceremony was attended by the Fijian delegation and staff from Fiji’s Mission in New York with senior military officials from Australia, New Zealand and Ireland.

A minute of silence was observed as the Bugler performed the “Last Post” to remember those Fijian men and women that have sacrificed their lives during their service in peacekeeping missions.

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