The French Embassy has set up an exhibition remembering the contribution Fiji made during World War I. It is titled ‘World War I and Ratu Sakuna’, recalling the part Ratu Sukuna played in our contribution to the defence of France. Exhibition curator Larry Thomas said many young people would no longer recall Ratu Sukuna’s role, leaving the UK where he was a student in 1914 and joining the French Foreign Legion after being knocked back by the British armed forces. Returning from the front after being wounded, with three medals for gallantry, including the legendary Medaille Militaire, Ratu Sukuna organized a Fijian labour battalion to work on the docks in support of the war effort. When World War II came, he again answered the call and led the Fijian contribution to the war effort. In 2010, a public holiday commemorating Ratu Sukuna’s role as a statesman, which went way beyond his war efforts, was abolished. It’s nice to see he’s remembered by the French.