President Jioji Konrote says no matter how we arrived here, no matter who our ancestors are, we all make Fiji special and strong.
In his message on Fiji’s 50th anniversary of independence, Konrote says when we stand together as friends, as family, as fellow Fijians there is no challenge we cannot overcome.
Konrote says together we have done great things and together we will do more great things in the next 50 years.
He says this Fiji Day will not be remembered for being lavish, but it will be remembered.
Konrote says history will tell that today despite the great adversity we face our spirits were not broken.
He says in good spirits and good health, Fijians in every city, town and community proudly celebrated our anniversary.
Thousands of people were at Albert Park this morning to commemorate Fiji’s 50th year of independence and also witness the Fiji Day Parade by the Republic of Fiji Military Forces, Fiji Navy and Fiji Police Force.
Albert Park was a sea of blue.
There was a gallant parade by Fiji's disciplinary forces.
President Konrote reviewed the parade.
The playing of the national anthem and the 21 gun salute was emotional for many at the event – especially for veterans that were invited guests part of the ceremony.
Following the 21 gun salute, there was a fly-over by a Fiji Airways Airbus 8350.
Fiji 50th Anniversary independence commemorative medals were also presented by President Konrote to RFMF Commander Rear Admiral Viliame Naupoto, Acting Commissioner of Police Rusiate Tudravu, Sergeant Major of the RFMF Warrant Officer Class 1 Waisake Baleiratu, Sergeant Major of the Fiji Police Force Warrant Officer Class 1 Waisake Kanawale.
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