Thousands celebrate Fiji’s 50th year of independence at Albert Park

Thousands celebrate Fiji’s 50th year of independence at Albert Park

By Semi Turaga
Saturday 10/10/2020

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 Jioji 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 flyover 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.

Among those at Albert Park for the celebration this morning was 67-year-old Litia Racule.

She says this is a good time to reflect and show our love for one another.

54-year-old Savaira Kotobalavu says she was in Class 2 when Fiji became independent on 10th October 1970.

Many people we have been speaking to have made special plans for today.

Fiji Day celebrations are also planned in other divisions around the country.

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