It was a historical day for the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) as they conducted the first ever Military Tattoo in Fiji. The Military tattoo which was held on the 8th of December 2017 at the ANZ National Stadium also marked the 100th year of existence of the RFMF Band.
A Military tattoo comes from the 17th Century, a signal sounded by the drummers and trumpeters instructing soldiers to return home. The event is also similar to the annual Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo which the RFMF Band had taken part in early this year in Scotland.
The event witnessed various performances from the RFMF including a skit of RFMF peacekeepers in the middle-east, a silent drill parade by the Third Fiji Infantry Battalion Regiment drill platoon and a Hapkido/Taekwondo performance from the RFMF Unarmed Combat Academy led by Captain Tevita Korovou.
Also performing alongside the RFMF during the Military Tattoo were the Fiji Police Force (FPF) Band the FPF K-9 Unit and the Fiji Youth Band.
In addition to the event, a moment was also given for those present at the event to wish the 700 plus peacekeepers in the Middle East a blessed Christmas since they will be spending Christmas away from their families this year.
Lastly, the RFMF also hopes to plan a bigger Military Tattoo next year which will witness the performance of our Pacific Military counterparts including Australia and New Zealand.