October 10 Is A Day That We Should Always Remember
Today we celebrate Fiji Day. The day when we commemorate two very important historical events in Fijian history.
On this day in 1874, Fijian Chiefs ceded Fiji to Great Britain.
Many years later, in 1970 on this same day, Fiji gained independence from Great Britain and Fiji started its new journey as an independent nation. It was a very proud moment for all Fijians.
It’s the main reason that Fijians come out on this day to remember the birth of our independent nation.
Celebrations abound throughout the four divisions – Navua in the Central Division, Lautoka in the Western Division, Levuka in the Eastern Division and Labasa in the Northern Division.
This year’s main Fiji Day celebrations is in Labasa.
The theme for this year’s celebration is “Progressing together leaving no Fijian behind”.
We have been through political turmoil, heartache and pain. But we have emerged as a stronger and more robust nation. Locally we have progressed in leaps and bounds economically, socially and politically. We have ignored the negative voices and overcome seemingly insurmountable odds.
It is evident that more and more of us want to build on the growth rate achieved so far by the FijiFirst Government under the leadership of Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and anchored by peace, stability and security.
The inclusive policies and new initiatives have brought to life the real meaning of the slogan: “Progressing Together, Leaving No Fijian Behind.” They are gradually transforming our country into a modern state where there is no discrimination and equality is the norm.
There is a buzz in Labasa, where the main celebration will take place because this is the first time that it is be happening there. It has boosted the morale of the people in the North. They realise they are not forgotten by the Government.
The day’s programme begins with a march through town to Subrail Park by schoolchildren, members of the private and public sectors and members of the community.
The Fiji Day parade mounted by members of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF), Fijian Navy and the Fiji Police Force will be reviewed by the chief guest, President Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote.
Prime Minister Bainimarama and senior Government officials will also be present.
One of the highlights will be the RFMF’s Military Tattoo, the first to be performed in the Northern Division.
The first RFMF tattoo was performed at the ANZ Stadium in Suva in 2017 and was hailed by overseas media covering the event.
As celebrations happen in Levuka, Navua and Lautoka, let’s continue to support the ideals that have helped us progress together.
BY: MAIKA BOLATIKI