(14 November, 2016)
Tonga celebrated Remembrance Day, a special event set aside to remember the sacrifices of members of the armed forces and civilians in times of war, specifically marked since the First World War.
This year’s Memorial Day took place on Sunday 13th November, at the cenotaph for the solitary soldier at the Mala’e Pangai grounds.
Their Majesties King Tupou VI and Queen Nanasipau’u were Guest of Honour at the service and also in attendance were HRH Princess Salote Mafile’o Pilolevu Tuita and Lord Tuita the Crown Princess, Princess Sinaitakala Tuku’aho and members of the Royal Family, the Hon Minister in Charge, Lord Ma’afu and Ministers of the Crown, Nobles of the Realm, Members of the Diplomatic Corps, families and friends.
The order of procession for the Memorial Service included a two minute silence followed by the playing of the Last Post and the first laying of wreath by His Majesty King Tupou VI. The Hon Minster for Agriculture, Food, Forests and Fisheries, Semisi Fakahau paid tribute to the fallen servicemen on behalf of the Government of Tonga, by laying a wreath at the cenotaph. Wreaths were also laid by members of the Diplomatic Corps, His Majesty’s Armed Forces, New Zealand and Australian Defence Forces as well as representatives of ex-servicemen and veterans.