PHOTOS: OFFICERS, FAMILY AND FRIENDS ACCOMPANY FALLEN TOA O SAMOA
Fallen Toa o Samoa, U.S. Army 1st Lt. Jason Asotama Atuatasi Togi, arrived Monday night from Honolulu on Hawaiian Airlines. His remains were accompanied by his wife Siosiana Togi and his parents, Alepapa and Angela Togi and Brigadier General of the US Army, Daniel L Karbler.
Togi, 24, died Aug. 26 in the Afghanistan war of injuries sustained when enemy forces attacked his vehicle with an improvised explosive device. Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga and Lt Governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga were at the Pago Pago International Airport along with Togi’s family, government and traditional leaders. The airport was packed with family and friends awaiting the arrival of 1st Lt. Togi’s body.
Togi was assigned to the 2nd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas. He was deployed to Afghanistan on July 4th this year. Togi and wife of less than a year, Siosiana, were based in Killeen, Texas.
Upon arrival, Rev Waiana Tanielu of CCCAS Fagasa conducted the prayer at the Governor’s Lounge. A motorcade transporting Togi’s remains led by the Police to the Veterans Memorial Center at the Tafuna Industrial Park for a brief service where Rev Asiata Fouvale of the Matu’u CCCAS led the service. Hymns were sung by CCCAS Fagasa Choir.
Rev Fouvale welcomed the mourning family, government leaders, family, friends and Fagasa’s village council. He quoted the gospel of Matthew, “Blessed those who mourn for they will be comforted.” Rev Fouvale said this service commemorates the service of Lt Togi whose life was given in service to his country.
“To Lt Jason Togi despite that you have passed on, we believe that your spirit is within this place… we say to you and to our sons and daughters, brothers and sisters who are fighting for our freedom — we say thank you. You may be gone but never forgotten given your utmost sacrifice for your people, your family and for the United States…. we say thank you.”
Rev Fouvale noted that its times such as this that families and friends come together to comfort one another. He said Jason was a young brave soldier who was a devoted husband and a great son.
To the family of Lt Togi and to his wife Siosiana he said, “your grief cannot be comforted by another human being, rather you will be comforted by our heavenly father."
“I know there are no words that can heal your pain, but the least that we can do is to share with you the good news of God's promise that whenever we confess our inability to deal with the loss of our loved ones, Christ has promised that he will comfort us, that his spirit will always be our shield, strength and guide in our moment of sorrow and tears.
“As we mourn the great loss and the sudden passing of our son, brother and dear friend, we must be thankful. For it is in moments like this that Christ has promised to share with us his peace and grace,” said Rev Fouvale.
The two-day funeral services for the latest casualty of the Afghanistan war begins tomorrow with an 11a.m. with short church service at the LBJ hospital chapel before the funeral procession heads to Togi’s home village of Fagasa for a church service at CCCAS-Fagasa.
His final funeral service, before he is laid to rest tomorrow, will be held at the home of his grandfather, Atuatasi Talosaga.
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