28 Apr 2011

Call for Samoa to return to celebrating Anzac Day

1:18 pm on 28 April 2011

The President of the Samoa's Returned Services Association has made a public plea to the Prime Minister to reinstate the ANZAC Day holiday.

The Samoa Cabinet decided two years ago to forgo the ANZAC public holiday with a holiday commemorating Father's Day in August.

In the First World War, 38 Samoans served while 61 served in the Second World War.

Our correspondent, Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia, says RSA members still hold their dawn parade at the Apia Town Clock.

"Not only [do] we remember those fallen soldiers, in the first and second world war, where some of our local people took part in those two wars. But some of the members of the police force are now also members of the Returned Services Association. As well, even now, we still have many young men and women serving in the New Zealand army for example."

Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia says Samoa soldiers also serve in both the Australian and US military forces.