Leyte Landing honors war veterans

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010


THE commemoration of the 66th Leyte Landing in Tacloban City on Wednesday will focus on all living veterans, said an official.

"The reason why this year's celebration is focused on veterans is to give recognition and to pass on to the youth the valor that these unsung heroes during World War II made to liberate the country from the tyranny of the Imperial Japanese Forces, especially to those who shed blood during the war even if they had already faded away," said Leyte Landing Commemoration Technical Working Group chairman Antonio Cinco in a press forum at the Park.

He said the Leyte Gulf Landing is a very important event in the country's history "for we are commemorating victory and not a defeat of our race; that is why we are focusing on the acts of heroism of our veterans."

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Cinco said the number of war veterans is getting smaller, thus each year, "we wanted to make them feel that they are special and they are important because Leyte Landing Commemoration Day is their day."

Among the guests who will be attending this year's celebration are United States Department of Veterans Affairs Manila Regional Office Director Jon Skelly and Embassy of United States of America Head of Mission Leslie Basset.

Other foreign dignitaries who are expected to attend the commemoration are the Minister and Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of Australia Andrew Byrne; the Counselor for Political and Economic Section of the Embassy of Canada, James Trottier; Andrew Graeme Matheson, ambassador of the Embassy of New Zealand; and Makoto Katsura, ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of the Embassy of Japan.

Department of National Defense Undersecretary for Civil, Veterans and Reserve Affairs Samuel Bagasin will deliver the commemorative address in behalf of President Benigno Aquino, said Cinco.

The delegation of local government officials will be headed by Leyte Governor Carlos Jericho Petilla, who will also deliver his commemorative message. (Leyte Samar Daily Express)

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