Rain fails to dampen celebration spirit

Subrail Park was literally a sea of blue as members of the public turned up to the Fiji Day celebraitons int heir blue attires. Picture LUKE RAWALAI

DESPITE the rain in Labasa members of the public took to the streets with their blue attire and flags to be part of the Fiji Day march that proceeded through town yesterday.

The one-way street of Labasa Town literally turned into a sea of umbrellas and blue as the march proceeded to Subrail Park, the venue of this year’s Fiji Day celebrations.

For 72-year-old Mere Divatea, who woke up at 5am in her Nasarawaqa home in Bua to witness the celebrations in Labasa, the military parade was the climax of the celebrations.

The grandmother had one word to say, “mate nai lavo” meaning that the show was worth the money.

Ms Divatea said she was among the crowd yesterday to support her son who was a soldier and also celebrate Fiji Day.

Filipo Kawa, 21, who hails from Savudrodro outside Savusavu Town, said he had never seen so much soldiers and military officers.

The excited Nasinu native from Cakaudrove, who has a hearing and speech impairment, said he also had a chance to meet dignitaries and government officials he only saw in the newspapers.

Meanwhile addressing the crowd of more than 7000 people at Subrail Park yesterday, Ministry of Defence permanent secretary Osea Cawaru said this year’s celebration theme — Progressing together leaving no Fijian behind — reinforced the critical criterions of the National Development Plan of Government which is inclusivity and transformational change.

“It further illustrates the genuineness of Government to drive development and progress in centrally placing the interest of all Fijians,” he said.

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