THE Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) urged the Filipino people to never forget the World War II veterans, whose valor and gallantry allowed the nation to gain freedom.
“Let us continue to celebrate and commemorate the valor and gallantry of our WW2 Veterans. Let us perpetuate the memory of their deeds to be emulated by future generations of Filipinos. Let us honor those who are still with us for pretty soon they will all be gone,” said Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Monday, April 9.
Meanwhile, PNP spokesperson Chief Superintendent John Bulalacao said Filipinos should be as one nation in honoring the Filipino soldiers who had given their only life for the country’s peace and freedom.
“We pay respect to the heroes whose lives were sacrificed and whose blood was poured during the war in an unbroken tradition of a true Filipino valor thirsting for freedom,” he said.
The country celebrates the Day of Valor (Araw ng Kagitingan) every April 9 to commemorate the fall of Bataan during the World War II.
On April 9, 1942, over 76,000 Filipino, Chinese-Filipino and Americans surrendered to the Japanese troops who were then trying to conquer the country.
They were forced to walk for 140 kilometers from Bataan to Tarlac, during which the soldiers who tried to eat or drink were punished or killed. It was called the Bataan Death March. (SunStar Philippines)