Memorial Service for king George Tupou V - Alafua Campus
The USP Samoa campus was at a standstill at 12pm on March 27, 2012, as the Tongan community in Samoa, management, staff and students held a memorial service to pay their respects to the late King George Tupou V, who was laid to rest in Tonga on the same day at 12pm.
A special eulogy was given by Dr. Vili Fuavao, the FAO Sub-Regional Representative for the Pacific. Dr Fuavao highlighted what will henceforth be known as the legacy the late King George Tupou in paving the way to modernize the kingdom by proclaiming freedom for the people of Tonga. Dr Fuavao reflected on key role of the late King in moving Tonga towards democratic freedom and consequently, towards greater social economic development. Dr Fuavao concluded by expressing the deep sympathy and sadness of the people of Tonga with the passing away of his Majesty, asked that we also remember the new king in our prayers and thanked all those who had attended the service.
The service included Tongan hymns and prayers that remembered the late King as well as Tonga’s new king, the royal family and the people of Tonga all over the world, and was conducted by Samiuela Tuitupou.
Members of the Tongan community at the
Dr. Vili Fuavao providing the special eulogy
Tongan students displaying the floral tribute from USP Samoa