Poppy appeal to help ex-servicemen

Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations Jone Usamate during the poppy appeal launch at Ratu Sukuna Park in Suva yesterday. Picture: ATU RASEA

THE need to recognise and honour the sacrifice made by ex-servicemen and women in ensuring peace and freedom was reiterated by the Acting Minister for Defence and National Security Jone Usamate during the launch of the National Poppy Appeal.

Mr Usamate said the poppy flower symbolised the courage and commitment by the sons and daughters of Fiji who served in the armed forces during the first and second world wars.

He said the red poppy was one of the first plants that sprouted out of the ground, signifying hope and new beginning as it was a testament of the blood, sweat and tears of those who made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedom that is enjoyed today.

“Take part in this worthy cause to remember the fallen — they have given their life and for our nation.

“And concurrently, honour those who are still with us, cherish them, honour them and give them the honour that should be theirs.”

Mr Usamate has also encouraged members of the public to give to the poppy appeal and wear the poppy proudly as all proceeds would go towards the Returned Soldiers & Ex Servicemen of Fiji.

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