FRIENDS AND FAMILY GATHER AT FORT HOOD TO HONOR 1ST LT. JASON TOGI
FORT HOOD, Texas — The Samoan Congregational Christian Church of Fort Hood, Texas held a memorial service this past Sunday, Sept. 7 to honor one of their church members, 1st Lt. Jason Togi of Fagasa, who died in combat in Afghanistan last month.
The church pastor, Rev. Menise Sasa, led the service that was well attended by members of the Samoan community in the Fort Hood area as well as members of the military community.
The highlights of the service were the testimonials given by family members and friends.
His mother, Mrs. Anglea Togi, spoke on behalf of her husband Alipapa and their children, talking about her son being a quiet, yet mature person. She said he was always studious and took his education very seriously. He also loved spending time at the minister’s house and participating in church activities. She said her father was very close to her son and the death of her son is heavy on his heart.
The next speaker was a close friend from back home and a fellow soldier, SSG Jerry Masaga from Fagasa. He spoke about the pride 1st Lt. Togi had in his beloved village of Fagasa. Masaga joked that Togi always bragged about the Fealofani fautasi boat even though he never rowed the Fealofani. He was small in stature, but he had a big heart.
The final speaker was his wife, Mrs. Siosiana Togi. She spoke softly about the things she’s going to miss about her husband. She told the congregation that he was very funny and had big plans for them. He shared with her all the things he wanted them to do and accomplish once he got back from his deployment. Fighting back tears, she thanked his friends and the community for the prayers for her and his family.
A poignant moment in the ceremony came when Rev. Sasa led the congregation in singing the Samoan song, “La’u Lupe Ua Lele”, at the end of his meditation.
There were many tears shed in the audience as they said farewell to their ‘lupe’ who is now in the hands of the Lord. The service concluded with the choir singing “Tama Samoa”.
The Samoan community of Fort Hood and Central Texas extends our deepest condolences to Mrs. Siosiana Togi as well as his parents and family. We will miss our Toa-o-Samoa.
Ia manuia lau malaga 1st Lt. Jason Aso Togi.
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