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Fiji marks independence day with 21 gun salute
Xinhua | October 10, 2012 14:41
By Agencies
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Fijians from all walks of life on Wednesday gathered around the central Albert Park to celebrate the 42nd year of independence of the Pacific island nation.

A 21 gun salute was shot during the ceremony which was attended by President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and envoys of diplomatic corpes.

Despite the dull weather in the capital, a sea of blue and white colors brighten up the park as at least 3,000 people from all walks of life came together as one to celebrate the Fiji Day.

Dignitaries, students and even tourists were also part of the celebrations.

The Fiji Military Forces performed an exhibition including a military parade which was inspected by President Nailatikau.

Speaking at the occasion, Nailatikau said Like all countries around the world that celebrate their national day of sovereignty, Fiji dedicates its national day to reflect on the past, to assess our current situation and to fine-tune our path towards the future.

This year's Fiji Day theme of "Celebrating a United Fiji" is a bold call to all Fijians, which invites all of us to be united and to remain united and positive as we face the many challenges before us, he stressed.

In a message at the eve of the independence day, or the Fiji Day, Prime Minister Bainimarama said on Tuesday evening that our country's future is truly exciting as people collectively dream of a Fiji that is strengthened by the unity of all citizens.

As a nation, people believe in a Fiji that respects and cherishes all the strands of its many cultures, traditions and history, he said, adding a common and equal citizenry is the only foundation upon which a modern and democratic Fiji can rest, he said.

Meanwhile, Fijians outside the capital have also joined in for Fiji Day celebrations at their local cities or towns.

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