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PRIME MINISTER BAINIMARAMA LAUNCHES POPPY APPEAL

Bainimara Poppy AppealPrime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama today urged Fijians to value the significance of the “Poppy Appeal” as he paid tribute to those ex-servicemen and women whose sacrifices are recognised through the appeal.

Launching the 2013 Poppy Appeal, Prime Minister Bainimarama said that Fijians must wear the poppy with pride as Fiji joins the global commemoration of the Remembrance Day.

“My fellow Fijians, when you buy a poppy, you are buying a piece of history and a symbol of the sacrifices made by others to guarantee the life you have today,” PM Bainimarama said.

“I call upon you all to support this appeal and whatever your age, to wear the poppy with pride.”

The head of government added that Fiji was proud of the Fijian servicemen and women for their dedication and bravery and the honour that they have bestowed on the country.

“To all servicemen and women present here today both current and former the nation salutes you,” PM Bainimarama said.
“You have our enduring respect and grateful thanks.”
“We also renew our undertaking that Fiji will always be there to defend the cause of freedom, wherever that may be.”

Also present at the Poppy Appeal launch were members of the disciplined forces and members of the Ex-Servicemen Association.

The public can access these poppy flowers at various organisations in the private and public sector and donate to the appeal.

Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama’s Speech at the Launch of the 2012 Poppy Appeal

Bula Vinaka and a very warm welcome to you all.

It is indeed an honour and a privilege for me to officiate at today’s occasion and to share a few words to remember the courageous Fijian men and women of the Fijian armed services.

Today marks the Launch of the Annual Poppy Appeal in Fiji.

This red flower has become a worldwide symbol of commemoration for our fallen heroes, veterans and enlisted servicemen and women.

Proceeds collected from this one-month long appeal – ending on November 11th, Remembrance Day – will go toward supporting the Ex-Servicemen’s Association, an organization that provides critical services to our ex-servicemen and women.

The use of the poppy was first inspired by the famous World War I poem, “In Flanders Fields.” In the opening lines this poem makes reference to the poppy, a sign of hope, growing from the unmarked graves of fallen soldiers. Since then, the poppy has become synonymous with Remembrance Day around the world.

My fellow Fijians, I need hardly remind you of our nation’s notable and distinguished record of service in past wars, including both World Wars, as well as present day Peacekeeping Missions in such places as Sinai, South Sudan and Iraq, to name a few.

As Fijians, we believe that it is the responsibility of all nations to work together to make the world a safer place by bringing peace to troubled regions.

As a nation, we can be proud of the fact that we have always made and continue to make contributions to international Peacekeeping efforts far beyond what is expected of a country of our size.

The men and women who stand side-by-side with comrades from across the globe risk their lives in service to this calling. A calling that is deeply embraced by the citizens of our country. By our sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers.

Ladies and Gentlemen, it is their duty to serve, and it is our duty to honour that service and remember all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the course of that service.

By purchasing a poppy, we are showing our support and demonstrating our gratitude. It is a small gesture that we can make to acknowledge the important role our servicemen and women play.

I encourage all Fijians to show your support by buying a poppy and wearing it proudly, so that we can stand united in the performance of our duty – our duty to remember.

Vinaka vakalevu, thank you.

Prime Minister Bainimarama Launches Poppy Appeal